Doni Tondo is a painting produced between 1506 and 1507 by Italian artist Michelangelo Buonarroti.
Plants and water are the elements seen around the painting. One of the most amazing things about this painting is that it is still seen in its original form. In Michelangelo Buonarroti clever composition, the three heads form an inverted triangle which is supported and balanced by their arms position. The figures interact in an intimate and intense way, the action flows from Joseph’s eyes are firmly fixed on the child. The child, in turn, looks at his mother with head tilted downwards.
Mary’s face depicts love, adoration and cares for her son as her eyes roll upward. The painting depicts “moons are bound with ribbons, interlocking it with lions,” which is possibly a reference towards the marriage of their families. The painting also contains the carvings of crescent moons,vegetation, stars and lion heads. Perhaps, these symbols make reference both to the Doni and Strozzi families, taken from each of one’s coat of arms.