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Madonna col Bambino

Titles

Date of Creation

Category

Artistic Movement

Technique

1639 circa

Painting

Arte Barocca

Oil on canvas

Condition

Signature

good

-

Circulation

Free

Catalogue Raisonné

Price

Expertise

€ 165,000.00

Description

The exact original provenance of the artwork, still equipped with its finely crafted original frame, is not precisely known. Oral tradition suggests that the work comes from a Roman noble family. The form of the frame could also support this hypothesis. Regarding the function of the painting, it could have been placed either in a small private chapel or a monastic setting, as well as in a gallery.

The painting conveys a dual message. On one hand, we see a scene of tender dialogue between Mother and Son in an intimate and secluded setting. On the other hand, the Child's sleep foreshadows his death, and thus, the imminent awakening alludes to the future resurrection. The contrast between these two ideas and the seemingly dissonant emotional tones creates a sense of drama and melancholy in the viewer. The dramatic and theatrical element is emphasized by the skillful use of the curtain. The bed with the canopy, so theatrical in flavor, could perhaps have been chosen by the patron to celebrate the birth of a son.

The work in question can be confidently attributed to Giovan Battista Salvi, also known as Il Sassoferrato, an artist of Marchigian origin, as his nickname suggests, but active throughout his career in Rome.

Provenance

Collezione privata

Exibithion

Literature

A. Bliznukov, in The Alana Collection, a cura di S. Chiodo, vol. IV, Firenze, in
corso di stampa

Additional information

Expertise Dott. Andrei Bliznukov

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