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1910 New Catholic Dictionary

Madonna

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(Latin: mea domina, my mistress)

A name given to representations of the Blessed Virgin in art and occasionally used as an invocation in devotions to her. In painting and sculpture she is invariably represented with the Christ Child in her arms, alone or surrounded by an adoring group. In early Christian times, there were crude representations of her in the catacombs. In the 15th and 16th centuries she was a favorite subject of painters and sculptors. Noted masters who have represented her are:

  • Fra Angelico
  • Fra Bartolommeo
  • Bellini, Giovanni
  • Botticelli
  • Cimabue, Giovanni
  • Correggio
  • Dolci, Carlo
  • Zampieri, Domenichino
  • Eyck, Jan van
  • Giotto di Bondone
  • Holbein, Hans the Elder
  • Lippi, Fra Filippo
  • Memling, Hans
  • Albertinelli
  • Alvise Vivarini
  • Andrea da Solario
  • Antonio da Solario
  • Antonio Vivarini
  • Baroccio
  • Bellini, Jacopo
  • Boltraffio
  • Borgognone
  • Cariani
  • Carpaccio
  • Cignani
  • Cima da Conegliano
  • Credi
  • Crivelli
  • Da Vinci
  • Della Robbia
  • El Greco
  • Ferrari
  • Feuerbach
  • Francia
  • Lochner
  • Loefen
  • Lotto
  • Luini
  • Mantegna
  • Master of the Moulins
  • Mengs
  • Moretto
  • Morone
  • Murillo
  • Pacchiarotto
  • Perugino, Pinturicchio
  • Raphael
  • Reni
  • Rubens
  • San Severino
  • Santi
  • Sarto
  • Sassoferrato
  • Sesto
  • Signorelli
  • Squarcione
  • Titian
  • Trevisant
  • Van Dyck
  • Verocchio
  • Veronese

Among famous paintings of the Madonna are

  • Sistine Madonna
  • Madonna della Sedia di Foligno
  • Madonna of the Goldfinch
  • Madonna of the Harpies

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Entry for 'Madonna'. 1910 New Catholic Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ncd/m/madonna.html. 1910.

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