CLAUDIO RIDOLFI (VÉRONE, 1560/ANCONA, 1644)

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CLAUDIO RIDOLFI (VÉRONE, 1560/ANCONA, 1644)

Virgin and Child
Oil on canvas
72,5 x 48,5 cm

We thank Dr. Anna Maria Ambrosini Massari for confirming the attribution to Claudio Ridolfi.

Claudio Ridolfi trained in the art of painting with Paolo Veronese in Venice and Federico Barrocci in Urbino. He painted many religious works for the churches in the Marche region, where he lived. The Venetian colour, so striking here in the pinks and blues, and the draped and voluminous representation of the clothes, of which Barrocci was the master, make this Madonna and Child a magnificent work, synthesising the various schools and influences from which Ridolfi was confronted and from which he was able to draw the essence.
A contemporary of the Carracci and the Bolognese school of which they were the instigators, Ridolfi achieved in his art a form of classicism, which departed from the mannerism of the previous generation of Italian painters. The stability of the Virgin, enhanced by the crushed foot on the ground, by the symmetry of the legs and arms surrounding Christ, accentuates the maternal and benevolent, but also powerful feeling she conveys. Remembering the art of masters such as Michelangelo and especially Raphael, Ridolfi rediscovered the serenity of the pose, the pure beauty of the features, the curvature of the drapes and the luminosity of the colours that make this painting an important work in the artist's career.
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