Virgin and Child, Andrea del Verrocchio  und Werkstatt
Andrea del Verrocchio
Virgin and Child
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Andrea del Verrocchio und Werkstatt

Virgin and Child, ca. 1470 – 1480


Dimensions
84.7 x 64.6 x 2.2 cm
Physical Description
Wood
Inventory Number
702
Acquisition
Acquired in 1817
Status
On loan

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About the Work

The representation of the Madonna with the Infant Jesus was one of the most popular subjects in paintings of the Italian Renaissance. Verrocchio, who worked in Florence but primarily as a sculptor, nonetheless found a new way to present the familiar subject in his painting, which is now in the Städel. Firstly, he placed the Madonna and Child in a loggia, which reveals a view of a distant landscape at the side. And secondly, he contrasted the meditative introspection of the Virgin Mary with the outward-going nature of the Infant Jesus, who gazes directly at the viewer.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Virgin and Child
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Wood
Material

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1817

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11F4111 Mary standing (or half-length), the Christ-child in front of her, close to her bosom; standing
Secondary
  • 41A7221 cushion
  • 41A335 window-seat
  • 41A44 (decorated) ceiling
  • 41A381 loggia, verandah, porch
  • 25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone)

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06.08.2019