The Doni Tondo
by Michelangelo Buonarroti is the only pictorial work on panel attributed with certainty to the great artist of the Renaissance. He realized this masterpiece on the occasion of the wedding of the Florentine Agnolo Doni with Maddalena Strozzi.
The Tondo Doni was commissioned to celebrate the marriage between those two very important characters in Florence, this masterpiece of Michelangelo is currently visible at the Uffizi gallery in Florence.
The Doni Tondo was painted by Michelangelo with iridescent colors, particularly through the use of tempera. This masterpiece of Michelangelo is important both for its perfect beauty and the structure. It is also a framework already close to mannerism, moving away from the typical Renaissance style.
The subject of the Doni Tondo painting is the Holy Family. In the center of the painting is the Madonna turning away and giving the Child to San Giuseppe. In the background we see youth leaning against a wall as well we can recognize a small San Giovanni depicted on the right of the holy family.
The originality of Doni Tondo is certainly not only the topic. which at the time was widespread, but the arrangement in which the holy family is composed. Characters together have a form and a shape of a flame, which was a very revolutionary structure compared to the styles and structures used during that era.
In the painting of Doni Tondo the wall in the background with the group of young people is of circular form, a detail that makes it seem as if the whole picture is enclosed in a sphere.
Even the frame with five sculpted heads that converge our eyes to the holy family of the painting suggest that the main subject is the holy family.