"Madonna And Child, Scipione Pulzone 'il Gaetano' (c. 1540– 1598) Circle Of"Madonna with child, called 'Madonna della Rosa'
Circle of Scipione Pulzone 'il Gaetano' (1540 ca. - 1598)
Oil painting on canvas
Early seventeenth century
67 x 52 cm, with frame 82 x 64 cm
The work in question, known as the 'Madonna of the Rose', depicts an intimate portrait of the Virgin in adoration of the Child while holding a small rose, alluding to the Passion. It is the most famous Marian depiction of the great master of Gaeta, Scipione Pulzone, known as Gaetano and considered as a true jewel of his refined religious production.
This is an interesting iconography, since it sees a beautiful game of contrasts, where the fixity of the figure of Mary, depicted according to a classic model, is contrasted by the luminous presence of the child who, turning to the observer, contributes to giving dynamism to the devotional image.
This wonderful motherhood, whose prototype made by Pulzone is in the collection of the Galleria Borghese (imm1) - http://catalogo.fondazionezeri.unibo.it/foto/80000/75200/74849_gw.jpg -, was immediately a huge success among the most influential art collectors of the time. For this reason, between the end of the 16th century and the following century, there was a conspicuous following of replicas and variations made by his workshop and by other artists, to satisfy the numerous requests both ecclesiastical and private.
Our work, which emerges for its evident executive quality, is not part of that series of mere copies often made in a spartan way and without finesse, but is the result of a high-level workshop. The work fully embodies the stylistic dictates of Pulzone painting, such as the faces with marked features marked by the skilful chiaroscuro, with expressive eyes, marked by thin lines to outline the eyebrows and the contour of the lips, which evoke a remarkable ability of the author also from the point of view of portraiture.
Excellent state of conservation. Fine wooden frame with smooth box in black lacquer with gold racemes.
The work, like all our objects, is sold accompanied by a certificate of photographic authenticity in accordance with the law.
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