"Virgin And Child, Follower Of Antonio Allegri Said 'correggio (1489-1534)"The Madonna, Child and St. John
Follower Of Antonio Allegri Says The Correge (Correggio 1489 - 1534)
Late 16th century
oil on canvas, cm. 72 X 58
with frame cm. 100 x 87
Private Collection Italy (Modena)
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Beautiful oil painting on canvas, dating from the end of the 16th century, depicting the Virgin and Child and the Little Saint Jean Baptiste; a work of excellent quality, inspired by the famous Madonna del Latte by Antonio Allegri Correggio, painted in 1520 and preserved in the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest (Fig. 1). Two other variations, with minimal variations, are found in the place of the Hermitage of St. Petersburg (fig.2) and the Wilanów Palace in Warsaw, which are distinguished by the presence, on the right, of St. John at the place of the angel, in the act of offering the fruits to Christ. Nothing is known about Correggio's masterpiece about his client; the first information begins in 1603, when it is part of the precious Roman collection of Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini (1571-1621) who, having always been infatuated with the precious work, managed to buy it.
It was therefore one of those paintings whose enormous success was immediate and which certainly contributed to the affirmation of Correggio's renown in Rome. Many artists are fascinated by the representation, both in the 16th and the following century, then pushed to reproduce the subject by the demands of their clients; In Rome, we know that he was admired by Federico Barocci and Pietro da Cortona, as well as by the young Flemish painter Antoon van Dyck, protagonist of the great Baroque season.
For example, a wonderful 'Madonna del Latte' of similar composition, already made in the seventeenth century by Pier Francesco Mola (1612-1666), was recently proposed in New York by Christie's, also inspired by the Correggio prototype.
The painting owes its fascination to the extreme grace with which she approaches the theme of motherhood, in the context of the encounter between the Child and the little Giovannino, who hands him a drape of red fruits, alludes to the Passion of tomorrow. The image is constructed in a seductive diagonal, delimited by the arms of the child who, with an extremely natural movement, almost seems to slide on the mother's lap; The gentle play of looks, the softness of the gestures, and the light that caresses the incarnations, are details that make this scene of family intimacy extremely fascinating, without hiding the sacred conflict it contains. Correggio has succeeded in understanding what is divine through a palpable humanity, with the gesture of the Virgin who offers the breast to breastfeed and the enchanting infantility of the two children. These are the reasons that made her a work coveted by collectors of the time. We are in the presence of a painting of great value and historical value because it is always a copy of the original sixteenth-century Correggio.
Excellent state of conservation. Conservative cleaning carried out in our laboratory (photos visible before the intervention).
Complete opener of fine gold frame, not contemporary.