Madonna and Child with Angels (c. 1457-1465) by Giorgio De Chirico

Madonna and Child with Angels - Giorgio De Chirico - c. 1457-1465

Artwork Information

TitleMadonna and Child with Angels
ArtistGiorgio De Chirico
Datec. 1457-1465
MediumTempera on panel
Dimensions37 3/8 x 24 3/8 in. (95 x 62 cm)
Current LocationUffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

About Madonna and Child with Angels

Giorgio De Chirico was an Italian painter known for his work in the Surrealist and Metaphysical styles. One of his notable works is Madonna and Child with Angels, believed to have been created between 1457-1465. The painting depicts the Virgin Mary seated on a throne with a young Jesus in her lap, accompanied by two angels on either side.

One distinguishing feature of this artwork is De Chirico’s use of classical elements such as archways and marble statues, which he renders with childlike vivacity. This creates an interesting contrast between traditional religious iconography and playful surrealistic elements. Additionally, the Jewish Angel by De Chirico, completed in 1916, also features similar classical architecture.

Compared to other Madonna and Child paintings from the Renaissance period such as those by Fra Filippo Lippi or Correggio, De Chirico’s interpretation takes a more lighthearted approach. The halos around the figures’ heads are not prominently displayed but rather subtly suggested through circular shapes behind them. Overall, Madonna and Child with Angels showcases De Chirico’s unique style that blends surrealism with classicism while still honoring traditional subject matter.

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