• Madonna and Child, with St Joseph and St John the Baptist

    Artist:
    Pontormo (Jacopo Carucci). 1494-1557
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    120x98,5 cm

Pontormo (Jacopo Carucci). 1494-1557

Madonna and Child, with St Joseph and St John the Baptist

Italy, Early 1520s

Among the celebrated Florentine mannerists, there was one who drew repeatedly upon Raphael’s legacy, interpreting it in his own way. We can assume that Jacopo Portormo had seen the Madonna del Granduca (now in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence) that Raphael created in the city on the Arno around the year 1506. The paintings in Florence and Saint Petersburg display a similar placement of the figures and of the arms of Mary and the Christ-Child. In the Hermitage work, Santi’s classical clarity is translated into the language of Mannerism – heightened emotion, eccentricity and a distinctive colour scheme. Raphael’s flowing contours have given way in Pontormo’s work to nervous, fanciful lines, something especially evident in the outlines of the Christ-Child’s body, curved like a letter S, and the shape of His Mother’s headdress. Pontormo exchanges the traditional blue of Mary’s cloak for a contrasting green. His painting is undated, but was most probably made in the early 1520s, based on its stylistic similarity to the murals he created then at the Medici Villa in Poggio a Caiano.

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Madonna and Child, with St Joseph and St John the Baptist

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oil

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120x98,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1923; handed over from the State Museum Fund; originally in the E.I. Mordvinova collection

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ГЭ-5527

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