This is a wonderful antique lithograph of the famous painting of the Madonna of the Magnificat. We did not remove the backboard to pull the artwork out to see if there was any writing at the bottom below the frame. The piece is behind glass so it is protected but it will make it heavier for shipping. Print is in a wonderful wood reverse Ogee Frame that measures 26 1/2" X 21 1/4". Frame is in good shape but there was a beading of gesso closest to the art that is no longer there. Old backing board and hanger on the back of frame. Print measures 21" X 15 1/2", it looks to be in great shape with only a small piece missing in the lower right corner. There are initials also in the lower right which appears to be an R over an I or the reverse and I over the R. The I may in fact be a J. Here is some info of the famous painting:
The Madonna of the Magnificat (Italian: Madonna del Magnificat) is a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Sandra Botticelli, executed in 1481. It is housed in the Uffizi, Florence. The work portrays the Virgin Mary crowned by two angels. The Child Jesus is keeping in a hand the pomegranate, symbol of the Resurrection. The painting is said to portray the family of Piero de Medici, lord of Florence from 1464. His wife Lucrezia Tornabuoni as Mary, Lorenso de Medici as the young man with the ink-pot, flanked by his brother Giuliano de Medici who is holding a book. Behind the two boys is Maria, while the two elder sisters are holding the crown in the background: Bianca on the left and Nannina on the right. The newborn would be the daughter of Lorenzo, Lucrezia de Medici. The painting contains nearly life-size figures. The Virgin, being crowned by two angels, is depicted as the Queen of Heaven. Two of the wingless angels are crowning the Queen of Heaven. The crown is a delicate piece of goldsmiths work consisting of innumerable stars; they are an allusion to the 'Stella matutina' (morning star), one of the Mother of God's names in contemporary hymns devoted to Mary. Encouraged by the Christ Child, the Virgin is about to dip her quill and write the last words of the Magnificat, beginning on the right page with the large initial "M". The pomegranate which the mother and child are both holding is a symbol of the Passion and adds to the basic melancholy and meditative mood of the painting, characteristic of Boticelli.. The background of the picture opens out into a landscape which point to the influence exerted upon Botticelli by contemporary Netherlands' artists such as Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden and Hubert van der Goes. Trading relations between Italy and the Netherlands had been growing more intensive since the 15th century. The Italian painters particularly admired the realistic fashioning of the figures in the pictures, and the atmospheric effect of the landscapes as rendered in the art of their colleagues north of the Alps. This portrait of the Virgin represents the costliest tondo that Botticelli ever created: in no other painting did he employ so much gold as in this one, using it for the ornamentation of the robes, for the divine rays, and for Mary's crown, and even utilizing it to heighten the hair colour of Mary and the angels.
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