Cimabue, Santa Trinita Madonna


Cimabue, Santa Trinita Madonna (Madonna and Child Enthroned), 1280-90 tempera on panel (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)

Speakers: Dr. Beth harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

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S. Voller wrote on Thursday, May 03, 2012

I noticed how the heads of the angels are very symmetrical and you can clearly see every individual face of each angel. I think that Cimabue did this to draw the viewer's eye toward the center of the piece. I also saw that the hands directly around Christ's face is foreshortening his face, including his own hand which is blessing the audience. I think that the patterns throughout the picture - on the thrown, the clothes, and even in the angels' hair - add a sense of elegance and luxury around Christ.

RS wrote on Friday, May 04, 2012

It's interesting that Mary's body has a new sense of realism here. Eventually, this became a characteristic of Renaissance art, proving that even though not many remember Cimabue, he had an major impact on art history.

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