• Madonna Mourning

    Artist:
    Sellaio, Jacopo del, ca. 1442-1493
    Technique:
    tempera
    Dimensions:
    148x51 cm

Sellaio, Jacopo del, ca. 1442-1493

Madonna Mourning

Italy, circa 1490

It is very likely that these images were created for the triptych wings with the scene of the Crucifixion at the centre. The fate of the central composition is unknown. Jacopo Sellaio’s work was greatly influenced by Sandro Botticelli, from whom Jacopo learnt how to achieve an expressive effect of lines. This painter’s artistic creations are not notable for the variety of artistic devices, for he often repeats the figures and faces of his characters expressing grief. In this particular case, the state of sorrow over the death of Christ is emphasized by the gestures. The Florentine church of San Frediano has a large altarpiece “The Lamentation with a Saint” executed by Sellaio, where the Virgin Mary and St John the Apostle, with minor changes, are similar to the Virgin and the apostle on the Hermitage panel wings. In the facial types depicted here, one can notice the strong influence of Domenico Ghirlandaio, which is characteristic of the late period of Sellaio’s creative work.

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Madonna Mourning

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tempera

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148x51 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1926; handed over from the Counts Stroganov collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-4125

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Pair to the painting "St John the Apostle"

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