Madonna and Child, John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene - Andrea Mantegna. 1.36x1.14
Mantegna’s fascination with Antiquity and the canons of beauty of this period was most clearly reflected in his altar image “Madonna and Child, John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene”. The sculptural interpretation of the heroes is most clearly visible in their frozen poses and folds of clothing, as if carved from stone.
In the center of the picture is Mary, while her image is devoid of any regality and sublimity. Young, with a young simple face, Our Lady, more likely resembles a peasant woman. The baby on her hands is depicted alive, with an unusual turn of the body. On the sides of a red, scarlet chair with a geometrically regular canopy, are located John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene. In the hands of the first, the traditional paraphernalia is a cross with a twisted ribbon that predicts the fate of the newborn, namely about the lamb who atones for sins. The anointing vessel is in the hands of Magdalene - her gaze is fixed on the sky, her expression is concentrated and sad.
The background is a landscape with sharply contrasting colors - dark green foliage and blue sky. This color contrast creates a special mood, suggesting that consider this baby is already predetermined.