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The 22 Artworks of Benedetto Da Maiano

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Benedetto Da Maiano - Altarpiece of the Annunciation (detail)Altarpiece of the Annunciation (detail)Benedetto Da Maiano

'The painting of Venus and Mars deals with an amorous victory. A grove of myrtle trees, the tree of Venus, forms the backdrop to the two gods who are lying opposite each other on a meadow. Venus is clothed and is attentively keeping watch over Mars as he sleeps. The god of war has taken off his armo...

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Benedetto Da Maiano - Altarpiece of the AnnunciationAltarpiece of the AnnunciationBenedetto Da Maiano

'Bernini had originally designed the site (a mountain peak) for the Equestrian Statue of Louis XIV, the Sun King, on a fiery steed, as can be seen from the preliminary sketch. The base supporting it today lacks the vertical thrust that would enhance the image of this absolute monarch. However, Berni...

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Benedetto Da Maiano - Altarpiece of the Annunciation (detail)Altarpiece of the Annunciation (detail)Benedetto Da Maiano

The unfinished picture, formerly attributed to Sacchi, depicts the pope with an immediacy and expressive force that is manifested in the rapid brushstrokes. The composition, datable to 1632, is directly related to Bernini's drawing for the engraved portrait of the pope on the frontispiece of Urban V...