Salting Madonna (Antonello da Messina)

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Madonna with Child (Salting Madonna)
Antonello da messina, madonna salting.jpg
Artist Antonello da Messina
Year c. 1460s
Type Various techniques on wood
Dimensions 43.2 cm × 34.3 cm (17.0 in × 13.5 in)
Location National Gallery, London

The Madonna with Child (Salting Madonna) is a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Antonello da Messina. It is housed in the National Gallery, London. The name Salting derives from George Salting, the collector who donated it to the gallery in 1910.

The Salting Madonna shows a complex series of cultural references, which have led in past time scholars to classify it variously as a Flemish, Spanish or even Russian work. It is in fact one of Antonello's earlier works, dating most likely from the 1460s, when the artist was in Sicily. It portrays the Madonna adorned with a series of well-crafted and rendered details, such as the crown and the Venetian-style garments.

The abstract beauty of the Madonna's face derives from the style of contemporary Provençal artists, especially Enguerrand Quarton.

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