Rubens at m.a.x. Museum

Date 26-11-2020

Time 11:00 AM

Place m.a.x. Museum, Chiasso, Switzerland

A masterpiece by Peter Paul Rubens “Madonna and Child” at the m.a.x. museum in Chiasso.

The m.a.x. museum in Switzerland, in cooperation with Polyseum and AION.ART, presented a new initiative offered every year during the Christmas season. From 26 November to 21 December 2020, a masterpiece by the Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens, “Madonna and Child”, will be on display in the museum atrium.

The masterpiece was painted around the year 1618, at the height of the Counter-Reformation period that also revolutionised the way in which sacred art was perceived.

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Dressed with a blue gown and a red upper garment, the Virgin Mary is tenderly supporting his son. The baby stands on a marble stone which clearly suggests his own tomb. His mother, deeply aware of his painful destiny, is looking at him thoughtfully. This holy scene remembers the “Virgin with Child” depicted by Rubens on the left wing of the “Entombment of Christ”, a large triptych dated 1617, now in Antwerp. Painting the wings of the above-mentioned triptych, Rubens is supposed to have used a composition already elaborated in his studio. This version of the “Virgin with child” is a well-conserved independent canvas.