I was surprised at how much I had! Before entering the museum I was skeptical, I thought it would be boring since it was my first time at a art museum. But in reality I enjoyed it. I was completely impressed with the beautiful art pieces the museum owns. Their art was detailed, elaborate and very well preserved. However, my favorite collection was the European collection from the fourteen to sixteen century. During my visit I defiantly grew respect for all artist because I would never be capable of creating such beautiful pieces. I was so astonish with the different collections and ended up spending three hours in the museum.
The fabric on Jesus and Mary was impeccable. The gold fabric with red hues has a lot of detail which made it seem full of texture and realistic. Both halos were beautiful however, Virgin Mary's halo had an abundance of detail. Giovanni di Paolo adorned the virgins halo with a message which blew me away. I felt it was a fresh idea which added charm to the painting.
The use of gold leaf and detail made me fall in love with Giovanni di Paolo painting. I believe the women and baby wearing a halo is the virgin Mary and Jesus. The flowers and weeds on the floor have brought me to believe their on earth. However, the angels surrounding them show their regal both in heaven and earth.
After Researching both the Painting and Artist and Artist
Giovanni di Paolo made the painting for the Branchini Family Chapel in the church of San Dominico in Sienna, Italy. Who was painting made for?
It is believed that Giovanni di Paolo studied under Taddeo Di Barto. He worked as a panel painter an illuminator and did a few manuscript projects. He painted four alter pieces for the churches in San Dominico. His early works were very religious and slowly developed into an “expressive approach”. Many believe Giovanni di Paolo late work was not fresh and didn’t have enough quality. His style of painting was not popular during his life time however, his expressionist painting was appreciated more by expressionistic painters of the 20 th century. These painters admire his decorative charm, crisp shapes and abstract backgrounds.
What was the Emphasis of the painting ? Giovanni di Paolo wanted his painting to portray the virgin as humble, regal and maternal. He created a humble Madonna by painting her sitting on the ground surrounded by flowers. The virgins crown, halo and ermine cloak show Madonna as the queen of heaven. Giovanni depicted her maternal role by painting her holding Jesus foot. Giovanni di Paolo also painted her with her head tilted looking at Jesus to show her looking after her child and the Christian faith.
Giovanni di Paolo depicts Madonna and her child as regal human beings. “Branchini Madonna” tells the story of a nurturing mother who loves and cares for her baby. However, my first impression was that Mary and Jesus had descended from heaven into earth. Nevertheless, I was very unsure about my assumption . After researching the painting I found out the painter wanted to portray Jesus and Madonna's humanistic roles while still maintaining their godly appearance. While researching the artist I learned that he predominantly focused on religious paintings. Learning this motivated me to search other works created by Giovanni di Paolo such as “The Expulsion”, “St. John the Baptist Retiring to the Dessert”. My interpretation of the painting has been refined after learning about the painting and artist. Due to the knowledge I acquired I now have informed questions to ask about the art. “Why did he want to portray Madonna's maternal role? Why wasn’t his painting popular at the tim e?”
Works Cited “ Giovanni di Paolo.” International Dictionary of Art and Artist. Gale, 1990. Gale Biography in Context. Web. 29 Mar. 2011<http://ic.galegroup.com/icc/bic1/ ReferenceDetailsWindow>. “ Branchini Madonna.”(n.d.). Norton Simone Museum. Web. 30 Mar. 2011 < http://www.nortonsimon.org/collections/browse_title.php?id=F.1978.01.P >.