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Many artists depict on their canvases the most diverse images of the Madonna, including with a baby in her arms. Lucas Cranach the Elder was no exception. The painting "Madonna and Child under the Apple Tree" was painted by him at the beginning of the sixteenth century. The canvas is small in size, painted in oil, but it is believed that part of it was cut off for some reason.
The German master of painting painted Madonna in the image of the most ordinary earthly, but charming woman. She is in the apple orchard with her baby in her arms. The author clearly wanted to convey through his work the role of the Mother of God, as the main guardian of all the bright and joyful in the world. That is why the Virgin Mary is depicted on a high mountain. And to make this perspective more pronounced, Lucas the Elder painted at the foot of a distant blurred landscape.
Like many artists, the Virgin is depicted in symbolic clothing combining bright scarlet and rich green colors. A similar combination of shades can be seen on the apple tree behind people. Fruits are as if hollowed in the shade of dense greenery. And the Virgin Mary and little Jesus somehow meaningfully look at the contemplator of the canvas. With a glance they seem to make it clear that they know about their fate, but they are ready to accept it without any doubt.
The eyes of the baby are serious, but not without the light mirth inherent in children. But Madonna’s look is sad, she understands that she has to lose her son, she can’t do anything, but she will meet him again in heaven.
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