Madonna and Child with a Pomegranate

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  • Madonna and Child with a Pomegranate
  • Dreyfus Madonna
  • View: Overall view without frame

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Title

Madonna and Child with a Pomegranate
Dreyfus Madonna
View: Overall view without frame

Subject

human figure; New Testament; plants; botanical; saints; Jesus Christ; Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519 ; Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint

Description

This small devotional panel is painted in the style of Andrea del Verrocchio but is the work of one of his students, Lorenzo di Credi, who inherited the workshop when Andrea died. For inspiration Credi seems also to have looked to a fellow student--Leonardo da Vinci. This madonna is modeled after one by Leonardo; in fact, the painting was once thought to be an early work by Leonardo. But the colors differ from Leonardo’s subdued palette, and the landscape lacks his fanciful mountains. Notice, too, the Virgin's left hand, which holds a pomegranate, symbol of the Resurrection. In Leonardo's painting she holds a carnation. Credi failed to alter the position of her fingers, leaving her with an unnatural gesture unthinkable from such a keen observer of nature as Leonardo.

Creator

Lorenzo di Credi (Italian painter, ca. 1456-1536)

Source

Description: National Gallery of Art [Washington DC, website]; http://www.nga.gov/

Date

ca. 1475-1480 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

William Fredlund

Format

oil paint on wood panel
16.5 cm (height) x 13.4 cm (width)

Type

painting (visual work)

Identifier

leon043x.jpg

Coverage

National Gallery of Art (Washington, District of Columbia, United States) 1952.5.65; Samuel H. Kress Collection
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Lorenzo di Credi (Italian painter, ca. 1456-1536), “Madonna and Child with a Pomegranate,” Institute Images Online, accessed December 16, 2017, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2885.

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