Creator García de Benavarre, Pedro
Medium Artwork: Painting
City Barcelona Region Catalonia Old kingdom Aragon
Strings 5 courses
Technique Plucked plectrum
The on-line catalogue of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya suggests that this painting may have been the central compartment of an altarpiece dedicated to the Virgin, and affirms it as one of Pedro García de Benabarre's most successful works. The composition is centered by the enthroned image of the Virgin and Child, surrounded by two musician angels and a further two angelic beings who offer them grapes and pears, fruit that alludes to the blood and sacrifice of Christ on the Cross (grapes) and to hope of Salvation (pears). The legend at the foot of the Virgin's seat reads: PERE GARCIA DE BENAVARRE MA PINTAT ANY 14. The absence of the date in which the work was executed has led to several hypotheses: while most scholars contend that it was painted around 1470, others tend to date it from before the painter's move to Barcelona. See:
This angel, on the left of the painting is one of two angel lutenists depicted. The instrument is being plucked with a plectrum and is painted in considerable detail.