The Virgin with the Child, Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Roque

size(cm): 50x70
Sale price£187 GBP


The painting Madonna with the Child, St Anthony of Padua and St Roch by the artist Giorgione is a masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance noted for its refined artistic style and harmonious composition. The work measures 92 x 133 cm and was done in oil on canvas.

The painting represents the Virgin Mary holding the Child Jesus on her lap, accompanied by Saints Antonio de Padua and Roque. The composition is very balanced and symmetrical, with the characters harmoniously arranged in the pictorial space. The figure of the Virgin is especially delicate and feminine, with a serene and sweet expression on her face.

The coloring of the painting is another of its most outstanding aspects. Giorgione uses a warm and luminous palette, with golden and reddish tones that give the work a celestial and mystical air. The ornamental details, such as the flowers and the embroidery on the clothing, are painted with great detail and realism.

The history of the painting is somewhat uncertain, as the exact date of its creation and its original destination are unknown. It is believed that it was made around 1505 and that it may have been commissioned by a Venetian patron. The work has passed through various hands and private collections over the centuries, until it was acquired by the Museo del Prado in Madrid in 1930.

Despite its undoubted beauty and artistic quality, Giorgione's painting has not been as well known as other Renaissance works of the time. This is partly because the artist passed away prematurely at the age of 33, leaving behind a small body of work that has not always been well documented. However, Madonna with the Child, St Anthony of Padua and St Roch is an exceptional example of her talent and artistic sensibility, and deserves to be contemplated with care and admiration.

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