Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Morning Madonna

Antoniazzo Romano (c 1452-c 1512) Virgin and Child with Donor Detail.  Romano, born Antonio di Benedetto Aquilo degli Aquili (c. 1430-c 1510) was an Italian Early Renaissance painter, the leading figure of the Roman school during the 15C.  In the 1470s, he worked on the decoration of the Vatican Palace where his figures acquired gentler expressions though retaining traditional Medieval features.

In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were a large part of the core of early Western art.  In the 4C, as the Christian population was rapidly growing & was now supported by the state, Christian art evolved & became grander to suit new, enlarged public spaces & the changing contemporary tastes of elite private clients.