Gian Pietro Rizzi called Giampietrino - inv. 1637

Titolo: 
The Virgin and Child (recto); Icosadodecahedron (verso)
Numero di Inventario: 
1637
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Religious
Parole chiave soggetto: 
The Virgin and the Child
Icosadodecahedron
Autore: 
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Gian Pietro Rizzi called Giampietrino (active c. 1515-c. 1540)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Milano
Milan
Lombardia
Lombardy
Italy
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1500
Datazione specifica: 
1510-1515
Libri correlati: 
Data di Ingresso: 
1881
Tipo di acquisizione: 
acquisition
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Lombard Rooms

 

Full appreciation of the work is compromised by its bad condition. The surface is much abraded and has been heavily repainted; for example, the neckline of the Virgin’s dress was originally much lower.
A modest young Mary holds Jesus in her arms; he has a white flower symbolising purity in his hand. Mother and son exchange a serious glance, veiled in melancholy, presaging the crucifixion.
The composition is clearly Leonardesque in the pyramidal arrangement of the two figures, in the Virgin’s tapering fingers and in the Child’s twisting movement.
Early in his career, Giampietrino was influenced almost exclusively by Leonardo, revealing profound knowledge of the master. The back of this painting shows an icosadodecahedron, a polyhedron formed from twelve regular pentagons and twenty equilateral triangles. This complicated solid appeared in the drawings of Leonardo’s Atlantic Codex and was reproduced in De divina proportione (Of divine proportions), the mathematical treatise printed by Luca Pacioli in 1509.
The Poldi Pezzoli Museum’s painting, realised between about 1510 and 1515, confirms the Milanese artist’s loyalty to his master’s ideas and would seem to be a clear indication of his belonging to the great master’s circle: the arrangement of the two figures is curious and unusual and reveals Giampietrino’s cultural updating and his familiarity with Leonardo’s scientific studies.

F.A.
 
 

AC/DC: 
DC