Cosimo Tura was born presumably in 1430. He became one of the brightest Italian painters, who founded the Ferrara school of painting. Unfortunately, most of the artist’s works were lost, but some of them still reached our time, clearly describing the creator, as one of the prominent figures of his time.
A distinctive feature of the Tour becomes his vision of a person in the works. He depicts people in unnatural postures, giving them a petrified look and cold eyes. His characters are carved out of stone, immobile and unfamiliar with human warmth.
The landscapes of the artist are also notable for some kind of icy indifference, unfamiliar with the smell of flowers and the rays of the hot sun.
Tura was a student of many of the world’s most famous artists. He absorbed their vision and habits, developing his own view of painting. In his works there is no breath of life, but it is precisely this that attracts.
One of these works was the “Madonna”. The picture personifies Madonna with a baby in her arms, sitting on a throne. She was surrounded by angels, solemnly denoting its importance with the help of musical instruments. The facial expressions of the characters are diverse. Here it is impossible to designate specific emotions, but their ambiguity is everywhere traced. The throne is framed by cold stone statues. It is interesting that even the presence of many colors and shades in the picture does not make it bright and rosy. Such a position, on the contrary, gives it a gloomy undercurrent, which of course is only the hand of Tura.
The lack of movement on the canvas seems to reveal the main idea – religion is timeless. Tura was an ardent fan of astrology, which can be traced in several of his works, where the outlines of the signs of the Zodiac are present. With regards to the painting “Madonna”, here the artist wanted to convey his vision of the birth of a new time with Christ.