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Our Lady with the Baby on the throne surrounded by angels - Cimabue (Chenny di Pepo). 424x276
The altar image of the work of Cimabue (circa 1240 - circa 1302) from the church of San Francesco in Pisa became one of the gems of the Louvre collection. Cimabue’s style of writing dates back to the Byzantine style, in which the “iconic” style is recognized, but it already outlines a transition to a more lively and elegant painting. From this still timid desire to move away from strict canons, the art of the Renaissance began, the first stage of which was the Proto-Renaissance.
The image of the seated on the throne Mother of God with the Baby on hands is still perceived as an icon, that is, a work of religious art, an object of worship and prayer. However, it has already incorporated the transformation of the icon into a picture created to satisfy the aesthetic need of a person to contemplate the beautiful. Faces and composition remain icon-strict, but the artist allows himself freedom in interpreting the garments - he splendidly writes out flowing folds of clothes and overflows of color, giving the viewer the opportunity to feel the lightness and beauty of matter.