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S017
CLEMENTE ZAMARA
Praying Madonna on the throne with the Child
Chiari (Brescia), doc. between 1480 and 1540
Carved and sculpted wood, with gilding and polychrome decoration
cm. 83


Seated on the throne, her hands united in prayer, the Virgin holds the vivacious Child on her knees; a small branch of painted coral stands out on her breast. The infant Christ holds a small eaglet in his right hand. The stylistic cipher of contemporary sculptures from Verona, by authors as Giolfino and Zabellana, has in this work been translated to a popular, domestic language permeated by a realistic intimate vitality. The draperies are characterized by a certain ampleness, while the faces are distinguished by the intense red coloring of the cheeks, that creates an impression of a farmwomans timidity. Clemente Zamara, who was probably apprenticed in the milieu of his great-uncle Antonio, was influenced both by the artistic milieu of Brescia and by the wooden sculpture of the Veneto region, and developed a style characterized by an easily understandable language enriched by a strong popular sense. An example that features a close resemblance in terms of style, also with regard to the faceted throne, in this case painted to imitate a black-edged red marble, is the Madonna with Child at the San Girolamo in Gottolengo, Brescia, from 1519.



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