DOSSI, Dosso
(b. ca. 1490, Ferrara, d. 1542, Ferrara)

Madonna and Child

c. 1525
Oil on canvas
Galleria Borghese, Rome

Dosso Dossi, the great Ferrarese master, belongs to a different world of mysterious and courtly fairy tales set in fantastic wild landscapes, with the addition of elements derived from northern European painting. Dossi's small Madonna and Child illustrates the perfect relationship between figures and nature: the golden rays from the halos are echoed in the leaves of the trees and the same shades of blue and green which modulate the Madonna's mantle are to be found in the different elements of the landscape.