The Manchester Madonna is an unfinished panel painting attributed to Michelangelo. There are only three known panel paintings which have survived and this one is dated c.1495-1497, Michelangelo’s first period in Rome. The painting depicts the child Jesus with his mother Mary meeting his cousin, Saint John the Baptist, on the family’s return from Egypt. Mary has one breast exposed as if she has just fed the child, a theme common in medieval paintings of the Virgin. Mary holds a book just out of the holy child’s grasp while two angels stand in the background reading from a scroll. Another pair of angels remain unfinished with just the green pigment …..
In 1609, Caravaggio returned to Naples from Palmero where he spent several months recovering from a fight in which he had been injured and waiting for the Pope to issue him a pardon so he could return to Rome. It is believed that it was here that Caravaggio created his large altarpiece, Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence. The painting depicts the infant Christ child on a pile of hay while a weary Mary looks on with an angel overhead and surrounded by men, one of whom we assume to be Joseph. One of the other men is St. Francis of Assisi standing behind the family in his brown …..
Paul Gauguin was introduced to the British public through a ground-breaking exhibition organized by art critic, Roger Fry. 46 of Gauguin’s works were exhibited, more than any other artist, and one of his works was selected to be on the poster to advertise the exhibition. The First Post-Impressionist Exhibition, Manet and the Post-Impressionists, ran from November 8 – January 15, 1910 and was focused on the works of Van Gogh, Cezanne and Gauguin while also creating a connection between the art of Manet through to the most recent post-impressionist artists in the exhibition, Matisse and Picasso. The works of Impressionists such as Monet and Renoir was still something the art …..