Renaissance Corridor On The Second Floor Of The Museum

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Introduction: From most of the pieces on display in the early renaissance corridor on the second floor of the museum, Lorenzo Monaco’s “Madonna and Child” caught my eye in very radical manner. A medium-sized tempera piece layered on panel placed right of the second room of the corridor. As stated on the panel below the painting, it was conceived and crafted between the years of 1370-1371 in Florence, Italy during the early renaissance. Against the wishes of the museum I laid my hands upon the painting and felt along both the painting and frame to get a feel for the material. It was grainy to the touch when I moved my hand gently across the painting but I couldn’t make out a specific material. According to the National Gallery of Art’s website, the painting was conceived using vertical grain wood which was lined with fabric with a red bole preparation used to ensure a smooth glide. Interestingly enough, the website also states that the paintings original frame has been long lost and replaced along with trimmed edges that are also now present on the painting. Now that we have a basic understanding of the painting itself we can now move into a more in-depth formal analysis of the painting. Formal Analysis: As stated in the previous section, the painting is composed of vertical wood that is aligned with the fabric. This is to ensure a smooth transition between the coating of the fabric and the actual process of painting the work. The dimensions of the work as stated on the

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