Madonna and Child with an Angel, Cavazzola (Paolo Morando)
Cavazzola (Paolo Morando)
Madonna and Child with an Angel
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Cavazzola (Paolo Morando)

Madonna and Child with an Angel, 1519


Dimensions
71.8 x 59.9 cm
Physical Description
Canvas
Inventory Number
1192
Acquisition
Acquired in 1890
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

No Renaissance painting would be complete without its symbol. The Infant Jesus is still sitting on his mother's lap and gazing calmly at the viewer, but the little bird perched on his fingers already points forward to the inescapable course of history. It is a goldfinch, a symbol of the Passion of Christ. A white lily symbolising the purity of the Virgin Mary is held above the child's head by an angel. According to Christian doctrine, this is why the child was free from original sin - as the way the angel is gazing at him makes clear. This portrait of the Madonna is thought to have been the work of the Italian Renaissance painter Cavazzola.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Madonna and Child with an Angel
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet unten links: X/V/IIII

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1890

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11F4222(+3) Mary sitting or enthroned, the Christ-child sitting on her knee (Christ-child to Mary's left) (+ angel(s))
  • 11F715 Christ-child holding something in his hand, e.g. apple, bird, cherries, crucifix, grapes, paper wind-mill ~ Madonna-representations
Secondary

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04.08.2020