Madonna Of The Harpies By Andrea Del Sarto Painting
Madonna Of The Harpies Analysis - Famous artwork
"In one of the best-known works by this Renaissance painter, the Virgin and child stand on a pedestal, with two putti grasping the Virgin's knees. On the left St Francis (patron saint of the convent of San Francesco dei Macci, who commissioned the painting) looks at us over his shoulder, while St John the Evangelist glances up from his writing at the right. The harpies on the pedestal may represent the Virgin's triumph over evil, as described in the Revelations of St John."
"Andrea del Sarto was the leading Florentine painter of the early sixteenth century, he combined Leonardo's sfumato technique with a richer range of colours in works that deeply impressed his contemporaries, from Michelangelo to Pontormo. Giorgio Vasari, however, damned him with faint praise by writing that his technical perfection was blighted by his lack of spirit. Nevertheless, Andrea del Sarto was highly influential, and his practice of making preparatory drawings before a painting became standard for later artists.
Beard, L., Butler, A., Cleave, C. V., Fortenberry, D., & Stirling, S. (2014). The art book. London: Phaidon Press.
Who was Andrea del Sarto?
Andrea del Sarto was an Italian painter from Florence, whose career thrived during the High Renaissance and early Mannerism. He was known as an outstanding fresco decorator, painter of altarpieces, portraitist, draftsman, and colorist. In spite of the fact that profoundly regarded during his lifetime as an artist senza errori ("without blunders"), his prestige was overshadowed after his death by that of his contemporaries, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Sarto finished seven frescoes in the forecourt or atrium (the chiostro dei voti) before the Servite church, five of which illustrated the Life and miracles of Filippo Benizzi, a Servite saint who kicked the bucket in 1285 (canonized 1671). He executed them rapidly, portraying the saint healing an untouchable through the endowment of his undertunic; foreseeing the bad finish of certain blasphemers; and reestablishing a girl possessed with a devil. The two final frescoes of the arrangement delineated the healing of a kid at the death bed of Filippo Benizzi and the restoring of wiped out adults and kids through his relic garment held at the congregation. All five frescoes were finished before the end of 1510. The original contract also expected him to paint five scenes of the life and miracles of St Sebastian, however, he told the Servites that he never again wished to proceed with the subsequent cycle, in all likelihood because of the low remuneration.
Madonna of the Harpies by Andrea del Sarto
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