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Virgin and Child playing with a Goldfinch and holding a Sheaf of Millet

Cecco di Pietro1379

SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

Cecco di Pietro is a typical artist from the early Italian Renaissance. The figures are stylised and have little volume. The surroundings are without depth or perspective. These features tie the motif to the surface and lift it out of the flow of time.

The gold ground symbolically denotes that we are in a realm beyond ours, in Heaven. As was common in art at the time, everything has symbolic significance. The infant Jesus holds a goldfinch, which symbolises the Passion - the bird lives on thistles, and so refers to the crown of thorns.

The bird has a ribbon tied around its foot. Its fettering symbolises the soul caged in the body. Only with the Resurrection is the soul set free. Thus, the bird also becomes a symbol of resurrection. The sheaf of millet in the child’s right hand symbolises the bread of communion, and the coral around his neck protects the child against evil.

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  • Title: Virgin and Child playing with a Goldfinch and holding a Sheaf of Millet
  • Creator: Cecco di Pietro
  • Date Created: 1379
  • Værktekst: Cecco di Pietro er en typisk maler fra den tidlige, italienske renæssance. Figurerne er stiliserede og har kun lidt volumen. Omgivelserne er uden dybde og perspektiv. Disse træk, der binder motivet til fladen, skal rykke det ud af tiden. Guldgrunden signalerer på et symbolsk plan, at vi befinder os i det hinsides, i himlen. Som almindeligt i tiden, har alt i billedet en symbolsk betydning. I sin venstre hånd holder Jesusbarnet en stillids, der symboliserede Kristi lidelseshistorie - den lever af tidsler og henviser dermed til Tornekroningen. Fuglen har et bånd om foden. Dens fangenskab symboliserer sjælen, der er fanget i kroppens fængsel. Først i opstandelsen sættes sjælen fri. Derfor bliver fuglen også et opstandelsessymbol. Hirsekolben i barnets højre hånd symboliserer nadverens brød, og korallen om barnets hals beskytter det mod ondskab.
  • Teknik: Tempera på træ
  • Proveniens: Erhvervet 1917
  • Provenance: Acquired 1917
  • Physical Dimensions: w58 x h105 cm (Without frame)
  • Dansk link: http://www.smk.dk/index.php?id=2607
  • Dansk Titel: Madonna med Barnet, der leger med en stillids og holder et hirseaks i hånden
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Statens Museum for Kunst, http://www.smk.dk/en/copyright/creative-commons/
  • Medium: Tempera on panel

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