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Title Madonna and Child
Collection English Heritage (Eltham Palace)
Artist After Dolci, Carlo (Italian painter, 1616-1687)
Date Earliest probably about 1640
Date Latest probably about 1660
Description This painting is a good contemporary copy of Carlo Dolci's original, known as the Madonna of the Veil in the Palazzo Corsini, Rome. In the present painting, details such as the smoothly modelled hands and soft folds of drapery are executed particularly successfully, raising the question as to whether this may not be a studio product. Many of Carlo Dolci's religious compositions are known in several versions. A second copy of this painting is in the collection of Boston College. It is also comparable to other works by Dolci such as the Madonna of the Cloth Palazzo Pitti, Florence and the Madonna of the Lilies known in three versions (Montpellier; National Gallery, London; Schleissheim). Carlo Dolci is the best-known Florentine painter of the seventeenth century. He was a successful portrait painter but his reputation chiefly rests on his small-scale religious works, usually of single figures shown half-length, in which he sought to inspire a heightened state of devotion in the viewer. His early work combines a thorough knowledge of Dutch and Flemish painting techniques with clear references to Florentine fifteenth- and sixteenth-century masters, to the extent it has been called neo-raffaellismo. Later, in the 1640s, under the influence of Guido Reni he developed a marked chiaro-scuro style, notable in the painting under discussion, which enhanced the drama and pathos of his paintings of sacred subjects. Carlo Dolci's achievement in Florence is comparable to that of his contemporary Sassoferrato in Rome.
Current Accession Number 88092970
Subject religion (Virgin and Child)
Measurements 45 x 35 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Unknown.
Rights Owner Copyright English Heritage
Author Francesco Nevola

 

 

 

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