FOPPA, Vincenzo
(b. 1427/30, Brescia, d. 1515/16, Brescia)

Madonna and Child

Tempera on panel, 165 x 80 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

In this resplendent altarpiece, the central panels are particularly fine examples of Foppa's masterly interweaving of colour and light. The Madonna's face, lightly thrown into relief, concludes a series of circling motifs enhanced by the elegant twist of the body of the Child, as he leans over to pluck the string of the lute.