Madonna of the Meadow by Raphael was created in 1505 – 1506. The painting is in Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. The size of the work is 113 x 88,5 cm and is made of oil on poplar wood.
The group formed into a pyramid is embedded in a delightful pasture landscape which on the one hand emphasises the world of humans; yet in the way it fades out into the far-off horizon, it appears to accentuate what is eternally valid. Thus The Madonna in the Meadow became the “icon” of the new spiritual thinking of the Renaissance. Read more in Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.
About the Artist: Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance Raphael was born in the small but artistically significant central Italian city of Urbino in the Marche region. Most modern historians agree that Raphael at least worked as an assistant to Perugino from around 1500. Raphael led a “nomadic” life, working in various centres in Northern Italy, but spent a good deal of time in Florence, perhaps from about 1504. Although there is traditional reference to a “Florentine period” of about 1504–1508, he was possibly never a continuous resident there… read more