The Madonna and Child or The Virgin and Child is often the name of a work of art which shows the Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus. The word Madonna means “My Lady” in Italian. Artworks of the Christ Child and his mother Mary are part of the Roman Catholic tradition in many parts of the world including Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, South America and the Philippines. Paintings known as icons are also an important tradition of the Orthodox Church and often show the Mary and the Christ Child. They are found particularly in Eastern Europe, Russia, Egypt, the Middle East and India. More Madonna and Child
Gherardo di Giovanni di Miniato del Fora (1445–1497), was an Italian painter. He was born in Florence as the son of the sculptor Giovanni di Miniato del Fora. He inherited his father’s nickname of “Del Fora” in the history books. He is also known as “Master of the Triumph of Chastity”. Besides paintings such as Christ and the Virgin Mary Interceding for Humanity, he is known for miniatures, mosaics, and jewelry. He had many commissions for members of the Medici family in Florence and also worked for King Matthias Corvinus in Hungary. His landscapes show the influence of Early Netherlandish painters. More on Gherardo di Giovanni di Miniato del Fora
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