Madonna and Child and Saint John the Baptist

size(cm): 35x30
Sale price£103 GBP


The painting "The Madonna with Child and Saint John the Baptist" by Giovanni Antonio Guardi is a masterpiece of religious art of the 18th century. This work is a classic representation of the Holy Family, with the Virgin Mary holding the Child Jesus on her lap, while Saint John the Baptist kneels at his feet.

Guardi's artistic style is distinctly Baroque, with meticulous attention to detail and a rich color palette. The composition of the painting is impressive, with the Virgin Mary at the center of the image, surrounded by a series of symbolic elements that reinforce her role as the Mother of God.

Color is another outstanding aspect of this work. The warm, rich tones of the characters' clothing contrast against the dark background, creating a sense of depth and dimension. The light that illuminates the scene seems to emanate from the figure of the Virgin, which gives it a divine aura.

The history of painting is fascinating. It was commissioned by the Venier family of Venice in the 18th century and was kept in their private collection for many years. It was acquired by the Museo del Prado in Madrid in the 19th century and has been one of the most outstanding works in its collection ever since.

There are some lesser known aspects of this painting that are also interesting. For example, the figure of Saint John the Baptist is depicted wearing a lamb's skin, symbolizing his role as the "Lamb of God." Additionally, the Virgin Mary is depicted wearing a crown of stars, which is symbolic of her role as the Queen of Heaven.

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