Day 272: Something Beautiful—Madonna of the Magnificat

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

Botticelli faces. Lovely. Soft. Gentle, sweet faces. Different from the austere, strained, unapproachable faces of many Rennaissance subjects. Sandro Botticelli’s angelic visages are known so well that they are often referenced in popular culture. “Almost April,” a favorite period film, includes a scene where a visually impaired landlord likens a new tenant to a Botticelli Madonna hanging in his villa.

I never had a true appreciation for Botticelli’s signature look until my visit to the Uffizi. Yes, “Birth of Venus” is amazing in person, but for my money—give me the “Madonna of the Magnificat” — not just for the Madonna but all the angelic faces that surround her. Beautiful. Astonishing craft and visual poetry.



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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