Thursday, September 22, 2011

Madonna and Child

Veneziano was active in Venice, Padua, Vicenza, Bologna, Imola and Udine. He was the most celebrated Venetian painter of the second half of the 15th century. Veneziano’s style features elements derived from Gothic art. He also included motifs derived from first-hand observation and real life, which was innovative within the context of Venetian art, and in general his paintings reveal a particular interest emphasizing the relationships between the sweet, gentle figures.

This is what we see in his painting
"Madonna and Child". He used oil on canvas which was very different from what the artists of 14th, 15th century were using; fresco style was widely used in that era. His depiction of Madonna and Child also differs from the Cimabue and few other earlier painters who painted Madonna with saints, angels, and prophets. In this painting Madonna is very colorful and lively figure as opposed to the ones painted before. Also the figures in this painting are in motion and have depth, which was unlikely to find in the earlier byzantine and Italian style. Those earlier figures were stiff, very frontal and not so colorful. His different style makes him stand out and i like his motion and use of colors in his paintings.

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