Caravaggesque Emilian painter from the beginning of the 17th century
Alessandro Tiarini (Bologna, 1577-1668), attributable
Madonna and Child
Beginning of the 17th century
Oil painting on canvas
cm. 96 x 82, in the frame cm. 111 x 98
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This composition, where the Virgin in the guise of a young girl holds the child in her arms, is a work of great quality and importance, to be placed in the context of the seventeenth century Emilian, with obvious references to poetics. of Caravaggio, both in the use of colors and light, as well as in the play of contrasts in chiaroscuro.
Dated at the beginning of the 17th century, the painting more precisely presents Bolognese figures, and the similarities with the late works of Alessandro Tiarini (Bologna 1577 - 1668) are sufficiently close to confirm the attribution.
The artist, trained with the prosperous Fontana and Bartolomeo Cesi, is also documented in Florence from 1599 to 1606, as a pupil and collaborator of Passignano. Back in his native country, he takes part in the naturalist renewal inaugurated by the Carraccis and in particular by approaching the ways of Ludovico, by renewing his style in a fully baroque touch and with an unparalleled emotional and chromatic verve.
By adhering to a solution with a strong dramatic impact, influenced by Caravaggesque stylistic models, Tiarini sketches a pictorial poetics of great impact. By observing the face of the Virgin, in which the painter highlights the ingenuity and tenderness transmitted by his young age, we notice the feeling of tenderness and at the same time of unconsciousness that the painter wants to convey.
It is interesting to note that in the painting, neither the Virgin nor the infant Jesus turns to the observer: everything remains as held in the canvas and the essence of the work is played on the mutual exchange of glances. and contact between mother and child. The ritual solemnity which characterizes the representations of the Virgin and Child is not perceived; and even the absence of any sacred attribute could shift our canvas to a secular subject, a moment of family intimacy, or a simple allegory of motherhood.
The use of light, wisely measured by the painter, which shines on the characters on the left, playing a fundamental role in the shaping of volumes, as well as that of colors, where on a dull background, linked to brown tones, the painting glows with light in the complexion of mother and child and in the splashes of bright colors, magenta red and blue, chosen for the clothes.
If you would like to know more about the author's work, we recommend that you consult the following volume: E. Negro - N. Roio, Caravaggio and the Caravaggeschi in Emilia, Modena 2013, pp. 244-247.
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Virgin and Child, Alessandro Tiarini (Bologna, 1577-1668)
Dimensions : 111 x 98 cm
Number of copies : 1
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