(b. ca. 1490, Correggio, d. 1534, Correggio)

Madonna and Child in Glory

c. 1510
Oil on wood, 20 x 16 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Sorrow and glory are indistinguishable in this intimate work. Even the cloud-angels are solemn. The music-making angel on the right seems to play to the Child to sweeten the present, and distract him from his awareness of the future. The colours, too, are deep but muted. Correggio's figures occupy more three-dimensional space than those of many of his contemporaries' works.