Our Lady with Baby on the throne surrounded by angels, Chimabue

Our Lady with Baby on the throne surrounded by angels, Chimabue
Our Lady with Baby on the throne surrounded by angels, Chimabue - 1

    • Posted by Chimabue (Chenny di Pepo)
    • Museum: Uffizi Gallery
    • Year: 1290-1295

Overview of the painting :

Our Lady with the Baby on the throne surrounded by angels – Chimabue (Chenny di Pepo). 1290-1295. Wood, tempera. 424×276
The altar work of Chimabue (about 1240 – about 1302) from the San Francesco church in Pisa became one of the pearls of the Louvre collection. The manner of writing Chimabue goes back to Byzantine, which recognizes the “icon” style, but it already outlines a transition to more lively and elegant painting. From this still timid desire to move away from strict canons, the art of the Renaissance origin, the first stage of which was the Protorenessans, originates.

The image of the Mother of God sitting on the throne with the Baby on his hands is still perceived by the icon, that is, a work of religious art, an object of worship and prayers. However, it already contains the transformation of the icon into a picture created to satisfy the aesthetic need of a person for contemplation of the beautiful. The faces and composition remain icon-strict, but in the interpretation of robes the artist allows himself to be free – perfectly writes out the flowing folds of clothes and overflows of color, giving the viewer the opportunity to feel the lightness and beauty of matter.