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Madonna Comparisons

Updated on June 5, 2015
Raphael's Madonna of the Meadows
Raphael's Madonna of the Meadows

Madonna Comparisons


Comparing Madonna of the Meadows by Raphael and Madonna of the Long Neck by Parmigianino seemed like comparing night and day. While both had some similarities; they also had some differences.

Renaissance paintings were about having realism to your paintings; having a connection to them. Raphael’s painting exemplifies this.

It has the pyramidal composition, one point perspective, some sfumato, he also shows some chiaroscuro with his figures, and finally is monumental with his composition.

With “Madonna of the Meadows”, her figures are what he likes to show all his figures as, women with small oval faces, and tiny bow lips that are red.

It also shows Madonna, Child and St. John are in the 3D pyramid; the gestures are leading the from one figure to the other. Unlike some of the other artists of the time, Raphael was not big on giving his figures personality, or having scientific detail to them.

Madonna of the Long Neck is similar in that it also depicts Madonna, Child and St. John in the painting; also has the 3D pyramid, and the small oval faces with bow lips. The other Mannerism traits kick in after this. Madonna’s body, neck, fingers are distorted, as well as Child’s body is too long for his head size. St. John’s leg is a bit too long for the rest of him.

Composition wise the figures are wicked crowed on the left side of the painting; and the background appears to be two different settings rather than one.

Of the two, I prefer Raphael’s painting. It is more pleasing to the eye in my opinion; less abrupt. Has a nice flow to it, and the colors are nice and bright; rather than the colors being dulled out as in Madonna of the Long Neck.

 Parmigianino's Madonna of the Long Neck
Parmigianino's Madonna of the Long Neck

Madonna of the Long Neck by Parmigianino

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful art analysis.

    • Anne Harrison profile image

      Anne Harrison 

      3 years ago from Australia

      An interesting comparison. Raphael's exqusite works radiate a world of peace and tranquility (not surprising for one who is said to have died of too much love!) I always find Parmigianino's works a little unsettling, as if the elongated bodies will flow off the canvus. Voted up

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