“Madonna with a baby in front of the landscape,” Juan Flandes – overview of the painting

“Madonna with a baby in front of the landscape,” Juan Flandes – overview of the painting
“Madonna with a baby in front of the landscape,” Juan Flandes - overview of the painting - 1

    • Posted by Juan Flandes
    • Museum: Private collection
    • Year: 1510

Overview of the painting :

Madonna with a baby in front of the landscape is Juan Flandes. 1510.

The Renaissance has made demands for the image of religious heroes. This is especially noticeable in paintings dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the baby Jesus. In fact, the Renaissance created its canons of this biblical plot. Almost every eminent creator of the era had a hand in the formation of these canons, including the Spanish painter, the protege of Isabella Castille, Juan Flandes.

The images of Christ with Mary were previously as close as possible to the icon, without a living background, without perspective, with inspired and sad mask faces. What do we see in Flandes (which was also characteristic of the era as a whole)?

The faces of the heroes have acquired human features. Before us are like specific people. Flandes never embellished his portraits and here we see that the faces of Mary and Jesus are not perfect, but quite real. Under Maria’s eyes, bruises of fatigue lay down, her forehead is very open in the then fashion (aristocrats even deliberately shaved it to give the face a visual lengthening), but Jesus is incredibly similar to the real newborn, only his eyes are meaningful and wise beyond his years.

The author places his heroes against the background of the landscape – dense trees, sky, black clouds, as harbingers of the difficult fate of the baby. Such a comparison of the biblical and landscape, the spiritual world and the real world, should have emphasized the relationship of these hypostases.