The Virgin and Child Adored by the Infant Saint John

size(cm): 30x20
Sale price£79 GBP


The painting "The Virgin and Child Adored by the Infant Saint John" by Lucas Cranach the Elder is a German Renaissance masterpiece that has captivated art lovers for centuries. This work of art is one of the artist's most outstanding and is in the permanent collection of the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

The composition of the painting is impressive, with the Virgin Mary seated on a throne with the Child Jesus on her lap, while the Infant Saint John kneels before them. The figure of the Virgin is elegant and serene, while the Child Jesus seems to be playing with a bird in his hand. The Infante San Juan, for his part, is dressed in animal skins and holds a cross in his hand.

Cranach the Elder's artistic style is evident in the painting, with his use of clear, precise lines, as well as the way he uses color to create a sense of depth and texture. The warm and soft tones of the painting create an atmosphere of tranquility and serenity, which makes the work even more impressive.

The story behind the painting is fascinating. It was commissioned by the Elector of Saxony, Frederick the Wise, in the 16th century, and is believed to have been painted in 1515. The work was part of the Spanish royal family's art collection before being donated to the Prado Museum in 1839. .

In addition to its beauty and its history, there are lesser-known aspects of the painting that make it even more interesting. For example, the figure of the Infant Saint John is believed to have been modeled after the son of Cranach the Elder, who died at a young age. It has also been suggested that the painting may have been influenced by the work of Leonardo da Vinci, especially in the way the figure of the Virgin is depicted.

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