After Ten Years “Madonna del Cardellino” by Raffaello on Exhibition in Florence

Posted By: katia on January, 26 2009 in About Italy, Art, Exhibitions
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Some time ago, I was walking through the streets of Florence, precisely in via Cavour, when I suddenly saw a huge poster on which there was one of the most beautiful artworks that I ever seen in my life: it was just “Madonna del Cardellino” (1506) by Raffaello.

The “huge poster”, just as I said, was the manifest of an extraordinary exhibition housed until 1st March at Palazzo Medici Ricciardi in Florence: “L’Amore , l’Arte e la Grazia. Raffaello. La Madonna del Cardellino Restaurata” (“Love, Art and Grace – Raphael: the Madonna of the Goldfinch restored”).

The “Madonna del Cardellino” shows the Madonna sitting on a rock while she’s reading a book, from which turns away just for a while to take a look at Jesus and Saint John, still children, while they are playing with a goldfinch.

Therefore, this artwork has a religious background, but it’s able to rock everyone’s soul,
believings or not believings, because beyond the sacred subject, what you can see is a mother and her joy to see her child playing.

For the first time, it is possible to admire this wonderful artwork about ten years after a plodding restoration made by Opificio delle Pietre Dure of Florence, which managed to give back this wonderful artwork all its natural splendor, wiped out by the undoing of a ceiling centuries before.

To accompany this painting, which is the absolute protagonist of the exhibition, also other artworks belonging to the same period, such as “La Gravida” (“The Pregnant Woman”) attributed to Raffaello, “La Monaca” (“The Nun”) by Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio, a decorated cover even it attributed to Raffaello and a terra cotta by Girolamo della Robbia.

So, dear art lovers or simple curious people, don’t miss the occasion to have a sneak preview of one of the most beautiful artworks ever created in history!

“L’Amore, l’Arte e la Grazia. Raffaello. La Madonna del Cardellino Restaurata”, is waiting for you until 1st March at Palazzo Medici Ricciardi in Florence.

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