For this week in Art History we will study - “Madonna of the Magnificat” , Botticelli, Italian Early Renaissance, 1480-81, tempera on panel, 46″x47″. This is a “tondo” - a round painting. The Madonna is being crowned by angels – the Queen of Heaven. Madonna is holding Jesus. The rest of the people are angels. Jesus is holding a pomegranate symboling “passion”. Mary is writing the “Magnificat” – a hymn, the song of Mary. Botticelli used more gold in this painting than any other painting he created – this leads us to believe that it was a commissioned piece.