Frederic Leighton, Cimabue's Madonna Carried in Procession through the Streets in Florence

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"The picture shows a scene from the 16th century art historian Giorgio Vasari's description of the 13th century procession of an altarpiece of the Madonna and Child through the streets of Florence.The Madonna is being carried from the studio of the Florentine artist Cimabue to the church of Santa Maria Novella. Cimabue himself is depicted immediately in front of the Madonna wearing a laurel wreath upon his head. He is followed by a group including several leading Florentine artistic figures of the day, including his pupil Giotto, the poet Dante Alighieri (leaning on the wall at right), the architect Arnolfo di Cambio, the painters Gaddo Gaddi, Andrea Tafi, Buonamico Buffalmacco and Simone Memmi; the sculptor Nicola Pisano, and on horseback at the right edge of the image, the King of Naples, Charles of Anjou.

"The Madonna depicted, seen at a very narrow angle in the centre of the painting, is actually not by Cimabue, but instead it is the Rucellai Madonna by Sienese artist Duccio di Buoninsegna. This error is the result of the misattribution of this altarpiece by Vasari which lasted into Leighton's time, an error which was not corrected until 1889 by Franz Wickhoff." -- Wikipedia

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The King of Naples and Dante

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Musicians

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This early work displays, in loving detail, the homage that Leighton felt was to to all great artists and their work. His own life fulfilled this vision: financially successful, praised by critics  (most of them), and finally rewarded a peerage — the fisrt ever awarded to an artist in England — Leighton’s legacy lives today in the Leighton House Museum in London.

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