The group formed into a pyramid is embedded in a delightful pasture landscape which on the one hand emphasises the world of humans; yet in the way it fades out into the far-off horizon, it appears to accentuate what is eternally valid. Thus The Madonna in the Meadow became the “icon” of the new spiritual thinking of the Renaissance.
Italian, middle Italian
1505 or 1506
113 cm × 88,5 cm
Framed: 176 cm × 117 cm × 8,5 cm
Marked on the hem of Mary's dress with the year M.d.V. (perhaps you can also read M.D.V.I.)
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
Painted for the Florentine patrician and patron of the arts Taddeo Taddei; acquired by Archduke Ferdinand Karl in 1662; 1663 in Ambras collection; 1773 from Ambras to Vienna;
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