Analysis of Pictorial Structure

Madonna Transformation 2

Like many images from the era, The Aldobrandini Madonna, is firmly based in geometric structure. The central part of the image, The Madonna, Baby and Saint Catherine define an equilateral triangle, while Saint Catherine and the baby are contained in a pentagon, a favourite from the era. The ‘background’ of the images supports this core structure with 1) an inverted triangle balancing the main one, 2) an outside frame that holds it all 3) an extended diamond shape that relates John the Baptist and some shepherds to the main protagonists.

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