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Madonna of the Carnations

Andrea Solario

Andrea Solario painted the Madonna of the Carnations at the start of his career when he was in Venice with his brother Cristoforo, a sculptor, in the early 1490s. The Christ Child’s posture is inspired by Leonardo, while the style is influenced by the painters Andrea met in Venice: Giovanni Bellini, Alvise Vivarini, Perugino, Antonello da Messina and Albrecht Dürer. The shadow in the room contrasts with the luminous landscape, where a shepherd plays the flute and a horseman rides past in the distance.

Download hi-res image TITLE Madonna of the Carnations
AUTHOR Andrea Solario
DATE c. 1495
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Tempera and oil on panel
DIMENSIONS cm 76 x 63
INVENTORY 315
ROOM XI
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