The Madonna of the Magnificat (1481) by Sandro Botticelli

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TitleThe Madonna of the Magnificat
ArtistSandro Botticelli
Date1480 - 1481
MediumTempera on Panel
Dimensions118 cm × 119 cm
Art MovementEarly Renaissance
Current LocationUffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
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About The Madonna of the Magnificat

The Madonna of the Magnificat is a circular painting in a tondo format by Sandro Botticelli created between 1480-1481. The painting depicts the Virgin Mary with the Christ Child on her lap, accompanied by five angels. Mary is portrayed writing the canticle “Magnificat anima mea Dominum” with Jesus in her lap. The painting is considered one of Botticelli’s most famous works and is housed in the Uffizi gallery in Florence, Italy.

Botticelli’s artistic portrayal of the Virgin writing is one of the notable features of this painting. Executed in tempera on panel, the painting follows the Renaissance style and is widely considered a private devotional artwork. It is also referred to as the Virgin and Child with Five Angels or Madonna del Magnificat. While the painting has undergone restoration and transformation over the centuries, it still retains its originality and aesthetic appeal.

The Madonna of the Magnificat painting is an excellent example of Botticelli’s skillful use of color and form. The circular format of the painting and the positioning of the figures create a sense of balance and harmony in the composition. The expression on Mary’s face as she writes is deeply contemplative, while the child Jesus rests peacefully on her lap. The intricate detailing on the dresses and the halos of the angels add to the beauty of the painting. Overall, the Madonna of the Magnificat is a valuable work of art that continues to captivate art lovers worldwide.

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