Oil on poplar panel (parquet): 100 x 80 cm
Cassetta" frame in molded and blackened wood with motifs in the center and fleur-de-lis in the corners (124 x 107 cm)
The Virgin is represented here in a night landscape sitting at the foot of a tree, the child Jesus on her knees with her head turned to the left, playing with a small bouquet of roses placed on the corner of a stone entablature.
Illuminated by a zenithal light, the Virgin, with her gentle face, is looking at her child with great tenderness.
Our research was directed towards an Italian artist from the region of Parma, in fact by its style, this painting is close to the works of Antonio Allegri, known as il Correggio, in French (Correggio, near Parma, around 1489-Correggio, near Parma, 1534).
The family lived in relative comfort, which allowed Antonio to receive an education far above the average of the time. It was through contact with his uncle, the painter Lorenzo Allegri, who died in 1527, that he developed a taste for painting. Around 1500, he was probably a student of Antonio Bartolotti, a painter from the Correggio region, and then of Francesco Bianchi Ferrari, a painter from Modena.
Correggio's painting was initially inspired by the style of Mantegna, then, after the painter's trip to Rome (1517-1518), the influence of the great figures of the High Renaissance was felt (Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo). But in only fifteen years, this atypical painter will go further than his inspirers.
Painter of Christian mysticism as much as of sensual grace, Correggio had the audacity of the precursors. He made Parma, where he settled, one of the main centers of the second Renaissance and exerted a lasting influence.