Portrait of an old man with his grandson by Domenico Ghirlandaio

Portrait of an old man with his grandson by Domenico Ghirlandaio

In The Portrait of an Old Man with a Grandson, whose personalities were unknown, Domenico Ghirlandaio, an early Renaissance painter, a representative of the Florentine school, strove for a realistic and truthful depiction of his models. The image of a little boy with golden curls hanging from under a red cap, clinging to his grandfather, in the hope of finding either protection, or an answer to some question tormenting him, is touching.

The artist did not flatter the old man. He depicted his ugly face without embellishment, but his gaze, full of love and tenderness, gives his appearance spirituality. In the

open window you can see the “ideal landscape” typical of Renaissance painting: a valley with a river ribbon, hills and rocks towering in the distance. The relations of the heroes are as beautiful and harmonious as the nature is peaceful and peaceful. “Portrait of an old man with his grandson” entered the Louvre in 1886.

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