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Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints (detail)
c. 1483
Tempera on wood, 191 x 200 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

by Domenico Ghirlandaio (b. 1449, Firenze, d. 1494, Firenze)

This detail of a flower vase on a colourful carpet could be taken from a Flemish panel painting if it were painted using the oil technique developed there rather than tempera, which Ghirlandaio used. In this detail, the artist creates a positive frenzy of colours and forms to enliven the picture.