Madonna of Giverny

Frederick William MacMonnies American

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.

Madonna of Giverny, Frederick William MacMonnies (American, New York 1863–1937 New York), Oil on canvas, American

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