Francesco Salviati

The Virgin and Child with an Angel

c. 1535-1539
The artist and his contemporaries considered beauty as an analogy for divine grace, and so necessary to religious art. Michelangelo inspired the sense of monumentality and the sculptural treatment of the figures. Salviati tempered grandeur with elegance: the striking colour scheme, the complex drapery and the landscape view all embellish the work. The result is artful, even artificial, but Salviati also expressed the loving relationship between mother and son, and the sleeping child’s humanity, so moving us to compassion. Frame: carved and turned wood, partly gilded. Made in 2007 after a mid 16th-century Florentine example. Purchased with the support of the patrons of the Circle of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation
Title
The Virgin and Child with an Angel
Date
c. 1535-1539
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on wood, likely poplar
Dimensions
112.3 x 83 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 2005 with the support of the Volunteer Circle of the National Gallery of Canada and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation Renaissance Ball Patrons, for the Gallery's 125th Anniversary
Accession number
41690

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