“Maria with a Baby,” Louis de Morales – overview of the painting

“Maria with a Baby,” Louis de Morales – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Luis de Morales
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: Around 1570

Overview of the painting :

Maria with a baby – Luis de Morales. Oil on canvas.

   Luis de Morales is the author of a huge number of paintings written on religious subjects. His works are filled with inner spiritual strength, anxiety and special aesthetics inherent in colorful Spanish manierism. As an artist, Morales was not interested in events, but in individual characters and characters. Revealing his favorite theme – the theme of sacrifice, Christian humility and humility, Luis de Morales sought to express as accurately as possible the depth and importance of the mournful feelings that flow through the prism of his heroes.

   The most striking example is the picture “Madonna and the Baby.”. On a small canvas created around 1570, the viewer sees young Maria holding the baby Jesus in her arms. Mother and child with meekness and infinite love look at each other. In the look and caresses squandered on the baby, not only tenderness is read, but also a deeply hidden alarming premonition of the tragic fate of the son.

   The artist’s brush gave Maria’s image characteristic signs of perfect female beauty glorified by Italian masters of the 16th century: subtle features of an elongated elegant face, the lowered eyes of large, gray eyes, translucent, like porcelain skin and blond hair. Trogative fragility and purity are emphasized by a deliberate contrast. Dark mean fondant background and dense heavy fabrics of robes written in thick, juicy colors, obscure the slight glow emanating from the faces of Our Lady and baby.

   Despite the apparent uniformity of the paintings of Luis de Morales, each of them redefines the images of Mary and the baby Jesus. In an attempt to convey the tragedy and inevitability of the future through the images of the heroes of their canvases, the artist combines the exaggerated expression of Norman masters and the impeccability of the Italian school, giving birth to his own, unique style.