of Goldfinch (Special Museum Series)
SIZE: 19" x 27"
MADE BY: Clementoni
DESCRIPTION: In this painting, the artist
arranged the three figures - Mary, Christ and the young
John the Baptist - to fit into a geometrical design. Mary
is holding a book, with identifies her as Sedes Sapientiae
("Seat of Wisdom"). The goldfinch is a symbol of Christ's future death.
St. John offers the goldfinch to Christ in warning of his future.
Interestingly this painting was a wedding gift
from Raphael to his friend Lorenzo Nasi. In 1548
Nasi's house was destroyed by an earthquake and the painting broke into
seventeen pieces. It was restored shortly afterwards.
This painting was completed in 1506 and
currently hangs in the Uffizi in Florence, Italy.