Chiari (Brescia), doc. between 1480 and 1540
Praying Madonna on the throne with the Child
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 farmwoman’s timidity.