Bramantino: Madonna and Child

During my recent trip to the Metropolitan Museum, I was transfixed by this beautiful painting by Bramantino (Bartolomeo Suardi).  It really deserves much greater fame.  It is an unusually peaceful serene composition.  The Madonna holds an apple, with Latin name malus, for it represents Adam and Eve’s original sin.  She holds it away from the baby Jesus.  On the right, there is a potted dianthus or carnation, which smell like cloves.  It is a symbol for the Virgin Mary.  The curvature of the Madonna’s arms creates a swirling impression and the baby Jesus’ arms mimic this movement. 

It also has a really beautifully carved frame.

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2 thoughts on “Bramantino: Madonna and Child

  1. Almost all pictures by Bramantino will be exhibited in Milan (Italy), at Castello Sforzesco, from May 16th to September 25th 2012. Nowadays the artist is appriciated by art historicians and modern artists too. Bramantino worked as an architect just one time when built Mausoleo Trivulzio in Saint Nazaro’ s, in Milan; a video of that Mausoleo will be showed during the exhibition.
    The name Bramantino means “little Bramante”, from Donato Bramante, a famous painter and architect in Milan and in Rome in the XVIth century. Sometimes Bramantino’ style is near Bramante, but the artist is unusual in painting faces and buildings.

  2. Almost all pictures by Bramantino will be exhibited in Italy, Milan, May 25th-September 9th 2012. Nowadays the painter is appriciated by art historicians and modern artists too. His name means “little Bramante”, from Donato Bramante, a famous painter and architect who worked in Milan and Rome in the XVI th century. Sometimes Bramantino’s style has something of Bramante’s style, but Bramantino is anusual in painting faces and buildings.
    He worked just a time as an architect in Milan where built Mausoleo Trivulzio in Saint Nazaro’s; a video about it will be showed during the exhibition.

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