JACOBELLO DEL FIORE
(b. 1370, Venezia, d. 1439, Venezia)

Madonna and Child

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Tempera on panel, gold ground, 88 x 62 cm
Private collection

Jacobello, known for images of Madonnas, such as this Madonna of Humility, has imbued the composition with a sense of softness and tenderness rarely seen in Byzantine iconography. The formal eastern iconography of this subject, depicting the Madonna facing the viewer, holding a stiffly posed and fully clothed child, has been slightly modified by Jacobello. Here, the Madonna, seated on a grassy patch, is slightly turned towards the child with her head inclined to the right. The child, while still fully clothed, reaches out to his mother in a somewhat playful gesture.




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