Madonna of the Pomegranate
The Madonna of the Pomegranate is a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli, circa 1487.
It is housed in the Uffizi Gallery of Florence, Italy.
Original Painting by Sandro Botticelli
Maria is seated at the center of the composition, with an almost pyramidal shape, dilated in the wide blue mantle. Around her there are six angels, those on the sides, resting on a festoon of white and red roses, Marian flower symbolizing the purity and, in the case of red, the blood of the Passion of Christ.
The pomegranate that the Madonna and the child hold in hand is instead a symbol of fruitfulness, abundance and royalty (since it is a fruit with the crown), as well as, the red grains like blood droplets, prefigure the sacrifice of Jesus; moreover it symbolizes the unity of the Church, for the grains that are all united in the shell.
Translating a mosaic painting is a work not only of faithful reproduction, it is an "Artwork" itself, in which, it is fundamental to interpret the strength of the author's artistic expression, Sandro Botticelli.
Venetian enamels and gold leaf mosaic.
diameter 148 cm.
Below: Mosaic artwork before framing