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Description of the painting by Sandro Botticelli “Madonna and Child with Angels”


Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi was born in Florence in the family of a tanner. His older brother Giovanni, an incredibly fat boy, was teased by Keg (Botticelli), and the nickname was fixed for both brothers - some illiterate neighbors considered this ridiculous nickname a real name. Having become older, Alessandro did not give up his nickname for children, and used it as a pseudonym, becoming an artist. The first teacher of the painting of the young Sandro was Filippo Lippi, whose manner of writing the young man adopted quite accurately. The artist is a classic representative of the Florentine school of painting. He created both religious and secular works - airy, light, filled with the finest nuances, a gentle play of light and shadow. Botticelli's works are plastic and musical, he is distinguished by a special smoothness, melodiousness of lines. The characters of the author’s paintings seem to move in a dance, their faces are emotional and lyrical.

In the works of Botticelli, more than fifteen images of Madonnas with babies have been preserved. He painted them throughout his life. Over and over again depicting the mother of Christ as a young, beautiful, incredibly spiritualized woman, the artist achieved excellence in writing such paintings. Madonna and child with angels is one of the most famous works of the author. In the picture we see a young, harmoniously folded light-eyed woman of a classic Florentine type, with big eyes, soft cheeks and a small chin. Her light reddish hair is hidden under a thin light veil, a golden halo proudly shines above her head. Madonna is dressed in a heavy scarlet dress, flowing in loose folds, and a dark blue cloak that covers her knees. She looks touching and fragile, carefully holds her precious burden.

Baby Jesus in the arms of a woman is incredibly similar to the Virgin Mary. If it weren’t for the halo, we would have before us a simple realistic portrait of a mother looking at her son with love and tenderness. The eyes of the baby, tender and puffy, are also fixed on the Madonna. The two angels to the left and right of Christ are beautiful young boys; the one closest to the viewer is a little older, his look is more serious, blond curly hair descends on his back.

Soft wings are rather a decorative element, we do not see the place of their connection with the body; the wings of a distant angel are not visible at all. According to tradition, angels in canvases should glorify Jesus; however, in Botticelli, these are rather two pretty curious boys who are looking at the mother and the baby with interest. Madonna and child and angels are depicted outdoors in the open terrace; further down the white balustrade we can see lonely dark cypress trees and a pale blue sky. The composition of the picture breathes peace and tranquility; the young mother does not yet know what trials will fall to her tiny son in the future. A gentle transparent light fills the picture, and no emotions and passions so far touch its heroes.





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