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COMPARISON ASSIGNMENT MADONNA OF THE MEADOW MADONNA ENTHRONED The following paper is a comparison of Raphaels Madonna of the Meadow and Cimabues Madonna Enthroned Madonna of the Meadow was painted by Raffaello Sanzio otherwise known as Raphael in 1505 This time period is known as the Italian Renaissance The painting was oil on panel and stood 3 ft 85 in X 2 ft 1025 in It is now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna Italy Adams 567 Madonna of the Meadow is of a classical nature which is very common of the time period A good example of this would be the nude characters used in the art The medium used oil was also being used very widely in Italy by this time It allowed the painter to make very realistic shades and colors The figures and landscape in the painting also looked very fluid and real due to the use of the oil paint The iconography of the painting lies in the history of its famous characters The three figures come from the Bible however the artist has taken some liberties The picture contains the Virgin Mary the baby Jesus and his second cousin St John the Baptist The picture foreshadows the death of Christ on the cross This point is displayed in the action of the painting where St John is handing Jesus a small cross and Mary is looking upon it knowing what is to come There is a feeling of connection between the three of them by the way they are all looking at each other and the cross Although I could find no documentation on this I feel there is also a symbol of the trinity in the three flowers to Marys left side The flowers are very prevalent and are connected to the figures in the painting by having the same color that is in the Virgins shirt It is also speculated that the water in
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