Friday, November 10, 2017

Audap & Mirabaud to offer a Madonna of the Pomegranate painted on panel by Sandro Botticelli

ARTDAILY
Sandro Botticelli, Madonna of the Pomegranate. Estimate on resquest.
PARIS---On November 29, Audap & Mirabaud auction house will offer a masterpiece of the Quattrocento: a Madonna of the Pomegranate painted on panel by Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) and his studio. The characters of this composition directly come from the famous tondo The Madonna of the Pomegranate, kept in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The Virgin holds in her left hand an open pomegranate, symbol of the Christ’s Passion, and himself makes the gesture of blessing with his right hand. On the Florentine tondo, the Virgin and Christ are surrounded by six angels on a plain background whereas on this panel, they appear in front of a parapet and a door on the left, and a landscape on the right. Botticelli painted the tondo around 1487 – according to the most accepted dating –, for the Florentine magistracy of Massai di Camera to decorate their hall of audiences at the Palazzo Vecchio. [More]