Madonna with Baby and Angels (Madonna Onisanti), Giotto – overview

Madonna with Baby and Angels (Madonna Onisanti), Giotto – overview
Madonna with Baby and Angels (Madonna Onisanti), Giotto - overview - 1

  • Posted by: Giotto
  • Museum: Uffizi Gallery
  • Year: Around 1306-1310

Overview of the painting :

Madonna with Baby and Angels (Madonna Onisanti) – Giotto (Jotto Di Bondone). Around 1306-1310. Wood, tempera. 325×204

   This large altar image of Giotto, representing the Mother of God with the Baby, which is surrounded by angels and saints (“onisanti” translated from Italian means “all saints”), is made in the tradition of the 11th-13th centuries. Then Italian painting was under strong Byzantine influence, but the artist introduced something completely new into the medieval fine canon.

   Madonna does not sit on the throne strictly in the center and is depicted in half-turn. Her figure, Giotto, was written out so that she looked majestic and voluminous, this is emphasized by plastic folds of the robe. The conditional golden background symbolizing the skies is combined here with the depth of space expressed using the architecture of the throne of its steps and the canopy. The master focused his attention on the emotions of the characters, depicting the angels and saints who reverently raised their heads and with a mental trepidation looking at the Mother of God with the Baby.