Virgin and Child with Angels
Artist: School of
Date Made/Found: late 15th Century
, Italian, 1439 - 1507
Material and Medium: oil on panel
Dimensions: Support: 1016 x 724mm
Accession Number: CGSG00770
This painting depicts a very traditional picture of the Madonna worshiping Christ, her son. The angels not only support the Infant Christ but also emphasise the holiness of the scene. Rosselli has painted with certain principles that are seen in many paintings of this type and period. The Madonna and the angels for example wear their traditional colours of red and blue. The red of the gowns symbolise humanity. The blue cloaks and robes reveal spirituality, since blue is the symbolic colour of heaven. On the ground are white flowers with red centres. The white symbolises the purity of the Madonna, and the red centres look ahead to the blood of her son's crucifixion.
The painting came into the Ruskin Collection in the 1930s. It was probably meant as a comparison piece to Verrocchio’s 'Madonna Adoring the Infant Christ' *, which Ruskin said was 'a priceless painting, exemplary for all time.'
* Now in the National Gallery of Scotland