#AMuseumADay | @barberinicorsini | Fra Filippo Lippi, "Madonna and Child Enthroned", alternatively known as "Madonna di Tarquinia", 1437, tempera on panel, 114 x 65 cm.
I've been to Rome twice. The last time was in 2015, and one of the museums I visited was the Palazzo Barberini, where I saw this work. Together with the Galleria Corsini, the Barberini is home to the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica. The Barberini holds numerous masterpieces in their collection, including at least one Raphael: "La Fornarina".
I've mentioned Ugly Renaissance Babies before, a Tumblr page dedicated to 'babies done wrong'. The Christ Child in this painting definately qualifies. A plump baby about to choke the life out of his mother! We've seen Madonnas-and-Child already, one by Botticelli and the others by Raphael. They are all tender yet dead-serious, with an important religious function. Lippi's painting is no different of course, but his rendering of the infant Christ is...worth a chuckle.
Sources and further reading:
Fred S. Kleiner, "Gardner’s Art through the Ages: the western perspective", thirteenth edition, Boston 2010, p. 434-435
Giorgio Vasari, "The Lives of the Artists", tr. introd. Julia Conaway Bondanella & Peter Bondanella, New York 1991 (reissued 2008), pp. 191-200