Friday, May 18, 2007

Botticelli and the Virgin

Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro Filipepi) died on 17 May 1510. Most people are quite familiar with his non-religious (pagan!!!) works, so here are a few photos of his religious works, centering on the Madonna - it is May, after all. Above is the Madonna of the Magnificat (1480-3) tempera on panel.

The Annunication (c 1481), fresco

The Annunciation (c. 1485) , tempera and gold on panel

The Cestello Annunciation (c 1490), tempera on panel

The Annunciation
(c 1500), tempera on panel

Detail of the Christ Child in Madonna of the Pomegranate (1487),
tempera on panel


Pseudo-Iamblichus said...

Wow! Pretty. Why, I wonder, is it called the Madonna of the Magnificat?

AG said...

If you click on the picture you can see a bigger version and see that she is writing the last words of the Magnificat prayer in the book. The painting is close to life-size.

I recommend clicking on all the pictures here: if you see them bigger you can see the detail of the veils and the use of gold.