Old painting representing a superb Virgin and Child
Work of a talented painter of the early 600s, inspired by the iconographic prototype developed by Anton van Dyck (Antwerp 1599 - London 1641)
Oil on canvas
Dimensions of the canvas, 93 x 70 cm.
framed, 108 x 85 cm.
Provenance: private collection, Milan
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This superb Madonna and Child is characterized by a stationary system with high impact and shaped by a play of lights and shadows perfectly studied, which underlines its superb silhouette.
The canvas, from a private Milanese collection with a generic reference to the Emilian school of Reni, would indeed resemble the series of Madonnas with child produced by the young Antonio Van Dyck during his stay in Italy (1621-1627 ). In detail some of these versions, for comparison.
Among his sources of Italian inspiration, let us first quote the Emilian classicism of Guido Reni: in his prototypes, Van Dyck turns Mary's gaze towards the sky, in an attitude influenced by the way of representing Mater Dolorosa and in the Compianti revealed by Reni. His works were certainly a great inspiration for the master of Antwerp, whose technical talent he admired, in addition to the creative flair of the subjects.
The ecstatic contemplation of the Virgin as an act of obedience by the divine will is contrasted by the fixed and serene gaze of the Child who, diverting his gaze from that of the Mother seems to ignore the fate reserved for him.
The high level of quality of the composition is evident, which is distinguished by the perfect fusion of elegance and descriptive force; the stylistic and compositional characteristics are faithful to its pictorial requirements, but with an absolutely personal style, without slavishly reproducing the most famous models.
The author of our painting gave the Madonna and Child, standing, a clearly sculptural character, citing the Italian Renaissance, as a source of inspiration, as a source of inspiration, with clear references to the figures of Bellini.
Particular importance is given to the finesse of the brushstroke, in the brilliant chromatic play, in the sumptuousness of the drapery, expertly defined by light. The two bodies are immersed in an intense metaphysical light which illuminates the alabaster skin and the folds of the drapery, enhanced by the dark monochrome background.
The painting is in good, conservative condition.
The painting, like all our objects, is sold with a certificate of photographic authenticity in accordance with the law (FIMA - CINOA)
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Virgin and Child from the early 17th century, Anton van Dyck
Dimensions : 108 x 85 cm
Number of copies : 1
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Virgin and Child from the early 17th century, Anton van Dyck on sale by Antichità Castelbarco