Madonna and Child

Vincenzo Foppa Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 610

Foppa was the founder of Renaissance painting in Milan, where he worked for the dukes. In addition to major fresco cycles and altarpieces, he also painted touching images of the Madonna and Child for private devotion. This one dates to about 1480 and shows them before a rose hedge—the Madonna was sometimes referred to as the “rose without thorns” (that is, without sin). The finely drawn hands and gray flesh tones are typical of Foppa’s work, as is the delicate modeling with gold.

Madonna and Child, Vincenzo Foppa (Italian, Brescia, active by 1456–died 1515/16 Brescia), Tempera, oil, and gold on wood

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