Madonna and Child with Saint Michael and Joseph

size(cm): 30x40
Sale price£110 GBP


The painting "The Virgin and Child with Saint Michael and Joseph" by Benvenuto Tisi, also known as Il Garofalo, is an Italian Renaissance masterpiece that has captivated art lovers for centuries. This work of art is one of the artist's most outstanding, and is considered one of the most important of the time.

Il Garofalo's artistic style is evident in this painting, with its use of the sfumato technique, creating a soft and ethereal atmosphere. The composition of the painting is impressive, with the Virgin and Child in the center, surrounded by Saint Michael and Joseph. The figure of the Virgin is especially beautiful, with her serene face and her dark blue dress that contrasts with the golden background.

Color is another prominent aspect of this painting. Warm, golden tones create a feeling of warmth and calm, while darker tones add depth and drama to the work. The light that illuminates the scene is soft and diffused, adding a touch of mystery and enchantment.

The history of painting is fascinating. It was commissioned by the Este family of Ferrara in the 16th century, and is believed to have been painted for the family chapel in the church of San Francesco in Ferrara. The painting was stolen in the 18th century and sold to a private collector, but was eventually returned to the church in the 19th century.

There are some little-known aspects of this painting that make it even more interesting. For example, the figure of Saint Michael is believed to have been added later, as his style is different from the rest of the painting. Furthermore, it has been speculated that the figure of Joseph was added to balance the composition, since there were originally only three figures.

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