Altarpieces

How often have you visited a church anywhere in Italy and been surprised to see, amid all the swooping baroque and perhaps a few remnants of the Renaissance, a somewhat primitive painting taking pride of place above the altar. It’s usually a Madonna, and one senses that she has been loved and venerated for many hundreds of years.
Such a Madonna can be seen in S Maria del Popolo in the Piazza del Popolo in Rome, where you can also see two Caravaggios. What a contrast!

Madonna and Child in Santa Maria del Popolo in Piazza del Popolo, Rome.

Madonna and Child in Santa Maria del Popolo in Piazza del Popolo, Rome.

There is also a similar piece, in the church of the Incancellata in Corinaldo, a Madonna del Latte which looks 15th-century to me, although it was donated to the Confraternity of the Gonfalone of Corinaldo in 1586. I will include a photo of it next time. According to the parochial website, the church was built around the little shrine containing the painting, which attracted great numbers of pilgrims.

And finally, and very timely from my point of view, there is at the moment a free exhibition of pre-1500 Italian altarpieces in the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery. It is beautifully and reverently done and includes this:

The Virgin and Child Enthroned

The Virgin and Child Enthroned, with Scenes of the Nativity and Lives of the Saints by Margarito d'Arezzo, documented 1262.

About An Englishwoman in Italy

I have a holiday home in Corinaldo in the province of Ancona in the Marche region of Italy. I have been going there since 1993 and would like to share my love and experience of the area. I speak Italian. Ho una casa di villeggiatura a Corinaldo nella provincia di Ancona, Regione Marche. Frequento Corinaldo da 1993 e desidero condividere i miei affetto e esperienza della zona con gli altri. Gli italiani sono sinceramente invitati a correggere gli sbagli.
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