Photographer's Note

Enthroned Madonna and Child
Polychrome wooden sculpture datable to the 13th century, attributable with doubt to Giacometto and Giuliano di Paolo. It has similarities in the wooden sculpture of the Madonna di Sant’Antimo in Montalcino, attributed with doubt to Machilone from Spoleto. Its derivation from the Spoleto school is certain. The work constitutes one of the first examples in Spello of sculpture deriving from the Spoleto artistic system, of which it adopts the figurative language. Numerous stylistic elements in fact denounce characteristics common to many Spoleto branded artifacts that can be traced in different areas of central Italy. These components, which reveal Byzantine, Romanesque, Provencal and Burgundian influences and even of Etruscan and provincial Roman plastics, are particularly evident in a series of contemporary sculptures for which it is hypothesized that the specimen from Spello constituted the prototype, probably being the more ancient. It comes from the local church of Santa Barbara. Of considerable devotional interest, the sculptural group combines the uncommon detail of the half-raised Child, caught almost in the act of slipping from the maternal knees, with the rigid pose of the statuary group provides the characters with a strongly hieratic air also accentuated by the particular posture arms comparable with two different iconographies instead widely used: that of the Madonna Nicopoia, born around the fifth century in the Byzantine area, and that of the Madonna Sedes Sapientiae, widespread in the 12th century Auvergne.
It is characterized by the fixed solemnity of the poses and the vivacity of the colors, gold and red, used to paint the garments, further enriched by lozenge decorations and metal foil circles.
The use of linear strokes, the combination of bright and clear colors, the anatomical simplification, the fixity of the expressions and the rigidity of the gestures, combined with an elementary rhythmic and mimicry, do not attenuate the strong impact of the work, rather giving it a archaic flavor of great effectiveness. The Madonna wears a crown and wears a blue mantle decorated with stars in relief, under which a red robe can be glimpsed.
The Child is dressed in a green tunic, the right hand shows three open fingers and has a small globe in the left. The throne, finely decorated, has two openings, similar to single lancet windows with a small ogive at the top. The wooden statue depicting the Child was stolen in 2008, then traced after ten years abandoned by unknown persons inside the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria della Reggia di Umbertide.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18948 W: 130 N: 40021] (213671)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2021-09-19
  • Exposure: f/0.1, 1/21 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2021-09-22 3:10
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Additional Photos by Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18948 W: 130 N: 40021] (213671)
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