VERROCCHIO, Andrea del
(b. 1435, Firenze, d. 1488, Venezia)

Madonna with Sts John the Baptist and Donatus

1475-83
Wood, 189 x 191 cm
Duomo, Pistoia

Although clearly revealing the large participation of his workshop, the intricate composition of the altarpiece is the product of Verrocchio's careful planning. While appearing a bit austere, Verrocchio incorporated the motifs that had modern appeal: the most recent architecture, still-life elements, a carefully modulated tile floor, and the beautiful oriental carpet down below with the fringes hanging over the last step.