Madonna and Child (Mantegna, Bergamo)
|Madonna and Child|
|Medium||tempera on flax canvas|
|Dimensions||43 cm × 31 cm (17 in × 12 in)|
|Location||Accademia Carrara, Bergamo|
Madonna and Child is a magra-tempera on flax canvas painting by Andrea Mantegna, dating to 1490-1500 or (according to Mauro Lucco) 1463-1465 . It is now in the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo. It dates to after the painter's trip to Rome and belongs to a group of small-format Madonnas for private devotion - others include Madonna with Sleeping Child (Berlin), the Poldi Pezzoli Madonna and the Butler Madonna (New York). The Bergamo work is unique among them in that it has a happy rather than melancholic atmosphere. The Christ Child wears a coral bracelet, formerly an apotropaic symbol and also a foreshadowing of his Passion.
- (in Italian) Mauro Lucco (ed.), Mantegna a Mantova 1460-1506, exhibition catalogue, Skira Milano, 2006.
- Catalogue entry
- A 2012 exhibition in which it was exhibited
- (in Italian) Tatjana Pauli, Mantegna, serie Art Book, Leonardo Arte, Milano 2001. ISBN 9788883101878
- (in Italian) Ettore Camesasca, Mantegna, in AA.VV., Pittori del Rinascimento, Scala, Firenze 2007. ISBN 888117099X