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Madonna of Giverny

Artist:
Frederick William MacMonnies (American, New York 1863–1937 New York)
Date:
1901
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
45 3/4 x 45 3/8 in. (115.1 x 114.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Ira Spanierman, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.530
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
MacMonnies created this autumnal-themed work during the four-year period (1900-1904) when he redirected his attention from sculpture to painting. Reimagining the Virgin and Child in a French grape arbor, he posed his son Ronald as the Christ Child. The models for the angels were the artist’s daughters, as well as two children of the gardener of his Giverny neighbor, Claude Monet. The circular format, called a tondo, and the naturalistic setting reflect the influence of Italian Renaissance artist Raphael, whose paintings of the Madonna MacMonnies copied in Munich’s Alte Pinakothek.
Signature: [at lower right center]: MacMonnies
Ira M. Spanierman, New York, until 1983
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