A stunning piece of Renaissance art. This large carved polychrome Madonna and child dates to the mid to late 16th century and stands nearly a meter tall . Beautifully carved oak figures with subtle hues of pink and blue to the Virgin’s cloak and dress. Northern Italian or possibly French in origin.
The 15th and 16th centuries were a time when Italian painters expanded their repertoire to include historical events, independent portraits and mythological subject matter however Christianity retained a strong hold on their careers. Most works of art from the Renaissance are sacred images and while the range of religious subject matter included subjects from the Old Testament and images of saints , the Madonna and child remained a dominant subject in the iconography . Some of the most eminent 16th-century Italian painters to turn to this subject were Michelangelo , Raphael, Giovanni Bellini and Titian developing on the foundations of 15th century Madonna images by Friar Angelico, Filippo Lippi, and Mantegna .
Condition: Original polychrome , Christ missing right hand.
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