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la madonna di costantinopoli andrea sabatini
Painter: Andrea Sabatini (Andrea da Salerno); Salerno ca.1489 -Gaeta 1530
Subject: Madonna of Constantinople (circa 1519)
Technique and materials: Oil on wood
Dimensions: 214cm by 140cm
Original location: church of St. Francis, Eboli
Current location: Diocesan Museum “San Matteo”, Salerno

The madonna is sitting on a cloud supported by angels with the Child sitting on her lap. On the lower left side is St. Francis, kneeling down, looking up towards the madonna. Sitting on the right side is San Giovanni Evangelista writing. Above are two flying angels holding up a crown on the Virgins head. In the middle, between the two saints is an angel holding above his head the words: SANTA MARIA/ DE CONSTANTINOPOLI. In the middle, at the bottom of the painting we see the glimpse of a city, not precisely painted. Perhaps Eboli.

Andrea Sabatini da Salerno was born in Salerno around 1489 and died in Gaeta in 1530. Art historians consider him to be the greatest interpreter of the “Raffaellesque” culture in southern Italy. He was able to combine the stylistic traits of typical of Raffaello painting with the “manner” of spanish painters such as Alonso Berreguete and Pedro Machuca, while maintaining a high level of stylistic and chromatic interpretation which made of him a real protagonist of italian painting from the late fifteenth century and the first decades of the next.


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