GOZZOLI, Benozzo
(b. ca. 1420, Firenze, d. 1497, Pistoia)

Madonna and Child

c. 1460
Tempera on panel, 84,8 x 50,6 cm
Institute of Arts, Detroit

This Madonna and Child among Cherubim and Seraphim has a great force, owing to intense and almost visionary plasticism. It is particularly effective for its combination of sumptuous detail in the clothing, ornamented more in the manner of the goldsmith than of the painter (see the jeweled border of the Virgin's dress, painted o a slight relief of plaster), with the essential solidity of the brightly coloured angels, sheltered by their numerous wings.