Sandro Botticelli is a well known Italian Renaissance artist from Florence, Italy. The use of the circular format, better known as a tondo, focuses the attention on the main characters.
The Madonna of the Pomegranate was painted in circa 1487 with tempera on a wood panel by Sandro Botticelli. The Virgin Mary and baby Jesus are surrounded symmetrically by angels on each side. Botticelli’s use of tempera grassa give the characters a real look, better known as a “naturalistic” style, which is common during the Renaissance. The Virgin Mary is holding baby Jesus gently in her arms while holding a pomegranate in her left hand. The painting is currently on display at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.
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