Madonna and Child

Bramantino (Bartolomeo Suardi) Italian

Not on view

The apple, associated with the Fall of Man, here alludes to Jesus: "As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons…" (Song of Solomon 2:3). The carnation, too, is associated with love and suggests the Virgin as the emblematic bride of Christ. Bramantino was the most progressive painter in Milan in the early sixteenth century and a follower of the great painter-architect Bramante—the architect of Saint Peter’s in Rome. Typical of his work are the simplified figures and haunting architectural perspective. The surface is unfortunately rather damaged.

Madonna and Child, Bramantino (Bartolomeo Suardi) (Italian, Bergamo (?) ca. 1465–1530 Milan), Tempera on wood

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