Botticelli – “Madonna Magnificat”

One of the brightest representatives of the Renaissance, the painter Sandro Botticelli, painted the painting “Madonna Magnificat” around 1481. The name of this painting comes from a prayer written in a book, which on the canvas Madonna covers with her hand.

The image of the little Jesus sitting on her lap contains many symbols. In his left hand is a pomegranate apple, which symbolizes eternal life, given by God for all people, and in his right hand leads the hand of the Mother of God, who writes down the prayer.

The book and inkwell in front of the Madonna and her son are held by three young men, and two others are raising the crown over the head of the Mother of God, symbolizing the birth of the Son of God.

The lines of the hands and gestures form a kind of ring that frames the whole picture and the landscape depicted in the background.

The Mother of God is dressed in classic clothes – a dark blue cloak and a red dress, but the light veil on her head and the beautiful decoration of the cape turn her from a simple girl into a saint.

The appearance of the Mother of God is the ideal of the artist, to which he strove for many years in his works. White skin, a face of the correct shape, thick golden curly hair – all her appearance is the pinnacle of grace and sophistication. The pose in which the Madonna is depicted, her facial expression shows her meekness, purity and purity.

Year of painting: 1481.

Painting dimensions: 118 cm.

Material: panel.

Writing technique: tempera.

Genre: religious painting.

Style: early Renaissance.

Gallery: Uffizi, Florence, Italy.

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