"Virgin With Child And Cherubim, Carlo Maratti (rome 1625 - 1713)"Carlo Maratta (Camerano 1625 - Rome 1713)
Virgin with Child
End of XVII
Oil on canvas
cm. 40 x 32 cm.
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The proposed work, depicting a Madonna with Child with a host of angels in adoration, is to be attributed to the master Carlo Maratta, one of the greatest exponents of the seventeenth century classicism, or to author active in his thriving workshop; The composition presents a style that manages to calibrate the taste of classicism with a baroque devoid of excesses, two contrasting tendencies that thanks to Maratta began to conciliate with surprising results. His creations constituted an absolute reference model, a paradigm of a pictorial style balanced in every component (drawing, color, composition, iconography), making it an undisputed reference point of the Roman art scene, as well as a source of inspiration for European classicism . The work in question, despite its illustrative simplicity, clearly highlights the emotional and pictorial qualities of the master, who conceived specific Marian iconographies distinguished by an ideal of idealized beauty. The painting finds strong analogies with the great Adoration of the shepherds, which Maratta frescoed in 1657 in the gallery of Alexander XVII Chigi at the Quirinale palace (see details photo 1); our author has extrapolated the central scene, with the Virgin and a small cherub who kisses the hand of Gasù. A native of Camerano, in the Marche near Ancona, Carlo Maratti distinguished himself for his precocious talent, moving soon to Rome in the workshop of Andrea Sacchi, where he studied all the greatest classicist artists, from Raphael to Bolognese painters. However, it was not immune to the fascination of Baroque art, which thanks to artists such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Giovanni Lanfranco and Pietro da Cortona, was at its peak. The work is in excellent condition. Accompanied with a certificate of photographic authenticity according to the law. For more information, please contact us.