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  • The Virgin and Child with St Joseph and St John the Baptist

    Artist:
    Pontormo (Jacopo Carucci). 1494-1557
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    120x98,5 cm

Pontormo (Jacopo Carucci). 1494-1557

The Virgin and Child with St Joseph and St John the Baptist

Italy, Early 1520s

Pontormo was a master of early Florentine Mannerism, a style which moved away from the principles of the High Renaissance with its striving for harmony. This painting, dating from the high period of Pontormo's work, is full of contradictions. The Madonna's face and the body of the Child are modelled to create a sense of volume, but the drapery looks flat, for the artist used very intense, complementary colours, red and green. Mary looks cold and distant, but her eyes seem to be filled with tears. Her image contrasts with the coquettish movementsand smile of the Christ Child as he plays with the goldfinch. There is a preliminary drawing for the picture in the Uffizi in Florence.

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The Virgin and Child with St Joseph and St John the Baptist

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oil

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120x98,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1923; handed over from the State Museum Fund; originally in the E.I. Mordvinova collection

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ГЭ-5527

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