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Unformatted text preview: making the picture more self-referential, while a rectangular or square frame does it less well because its sides strengthen the reference to the vertical and horizontal of the outside world. This detachment makes the tondo a natural choice for a religious picture. Its separation from the secular and vulgar makes it the all-time favorite format for the Madonna. In the Madonna of the Pomegranate the Christ child's head is near the center. This formal placement already makes him appear the ruler. The microtheme here is in the upraised hand in blessing, and the handling of the pomegranate, like an orb of power. This clearly give the child a dominant position....
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