Artibus et Historiae no. 80 (XL)

2019, ISSN 0391-9064

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DAVID ALAN BROWN - Solario Revisited (pp. 105–112)

The painter in a distinguished family of Lombard sculptors and architects, Andrea Solario (c. 1465–1524), was especially admired by the French occupiers of Milan, for whom he also worked north of the Alps. The appeal of Solario’s pictures evidently lay in the way they combined detailed realism, typical of the Northern Renaissance, with a pronounced devotional impulse that owes much to Leonardo. To his 1987 monograph on Solario, complete with a catalogue raisonné of the paintings and drawings, the author here adds two further works, among several by or attributed to the artist that have recently come to light – a fine example of his preferred theme of the Madonna and Child in a private collection, Paris, and a copy sketch of an antique statue that he studied on a Roman sojourn in 1513. The new painting can be inserted in a series of Madonnas in which Solario explored a variety of solutions to problems posed by the genre, while the drawing shows him working outside his usual range.

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