PISANO, Giovanni
(b. ca. 1250, Pisa, d. 1314, Pisa)

Madonna and Child

1305-06
Marble, height 129 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

The Madonna supports the Child on her hip as she turns in contrapposto, her garment clearly separate from her body. The Child instinctively searches for her breast, and the rapt gaze between the two rivets them in an intimate moment that preserves the Madonna's realization of her son's death. The columnar quality of her drapery and the reliance on profiles add a Classical note similar to the figures in Giotto's frescoes in the chapel, painted at the same time.

This statue is set on the high altar of the chapel.