The subjects of the icons are reflected in some paintings by artists who are not directly related to the clergy. One of these works can be considered “Madonna and Child” by the ingenious Venetian master Carlo Crivelli.
The painting was created in the final years of the life of the gifted painter of Italy. In bright colors, fragments written out in detail, in the dynamism of this canvas lies the concentrated strength of his talent. The echoes of the Renaissance era are read in the picture in a harmonious combination with the characteristics characteristic of the Gothic style. The figures written by Mary and Christ are refined, their movements are light and graceful.
It is striking to replace the traditionally iconic monotonous background with a detailed background presented by the landscape. Here, in the spacious fields, overgrown with bushes and tall trees, the everyday life of people is in full swing; in the sky, floating in clouds, the outlines of flying birds are distinguished.
The background is separated by a rectangular cloth from a picture of a completely different plan: the Mother of God turned her eyes to her son, Jesus casts a reciprocal look at his mother. Madonna carefully holds the foot of a small child. In their met looks - tender affection.
The Italian artist did not skimp on precious colors: how much gold, pearl pearls and other expensive stones we notice in the image! Beautiful clothes and ripe large fruits add the finishing touches to create an impression of happiness and well-being.
The canvas of 1495 demonstrates how skillfully the artist mastered the construction of a realistic perspective. "Madonna and Child" is striking in its relief and rich decorativeness. It is not only spiritual, but also spiritual thanks to the emotions and feelings conveyed in facial expressions of characters close to a person; the masterpiece is very “alive” and “humanized”.
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