The Madonna of humility c.1444, Giovanni di Paolo (c.1399-1480)
A second Madonna of humility is performed by the Sienese painter Giovanni di Paolo. This work of art moves away from the byzantine tradition which is typical of the Trecento (XIII century). The byzantine inspiration is substituted for the « gothique international ».
The garden behind the Madonna is representative of the gothique’s influence. We can spot the golden fruits of the paradise. It is the first time we see the Madonna in a garden.
What is the most striking is the dreamlike atmosphere, and the fantastic universe of di Paolo. The checkerboard comes from Florence.
Religion almost becomes poetic. Despite all those influences Giovanni di Paolo creates his own style : poetic and dreamlike. His originality and the « naturaliste » influence seduce us.This piece of art is absolutely wonderful.
© photo: museum of Fine Arts
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