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Berlinghiero, "Madonna and Child" / Bellini, "Madonna and Child"

This paper will explore very important differences and similarities of two master pieces of art work, both named "Madonna and Child", available at Metropolitan Museum of Art. First piece, "Madonna and Child" C.1230, was made by Berlinghiero, an Italian artist who lived in early thirteenth century. The other version of "Madonna and Child" was made in 1480's, by a famous Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini, who lived between 1430-1516. Therefore, this short paper will be an attempt to show the change in art occurred in the same area but in different times.Starting with the "Madonna and Child" of Berlinghiero, which is a very unnatural image, Mary and Christ look flat because…show more content…

Similar to Berlinghiero's painting, Mary holds Jesus; but while he uses plain gold color background, from Middle Byzantine art, Bellini puts Madonna and Child in front of a red curtain where a landscape of a village shows. Like the first Madonna, Bellini's Madonna also looks at the viewer. However she has a very calm facial expression. Actually, with her expression, she is saying that she was blessed by the God with that baby she is holding and showing to us. In general, this image is purposed to show that Mary is happy about having such a great gift like Jesus. This makes Bellini's Madonna a much more merciful mother than Berlinghiero's Madonna. One of the most important differences is that not only her hands, both holding Christ, but also all of her body proportions are appropriate. Also the details of the clothes, shadows, sun light, placement of the figures are done very successfully. Thus, comparing to Berlinghiero's work, this one is much more realistic. Bellini's Jesus, again with a calm facial expression, is showed as a baby. He is looking up, probably to the heavens and maybe to his father, the Holy Spirit, from his mother's lap. In one hand baby Christ is holding a pear, instead of a scroll, and the other hand is on his hearth. In addition, baby Christ is nude while mature Child wears a robe. Performing "Madonna and Child", Bellini was influenced by the traits of that time, when is beginning of the Renaissance. This oil painting pursues a naturalistic

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