Collection: Madonna and Child

ARTIST: Museum Religious Art Classics


Artist: Giovanni Bellini – c. 1480

Separated from our everyday world by a parapet, the figures nonetheless engage the viewer with their gazes. A cloth of honor has been pulled aside to reveal a distant landscape, where we witness the transition from dormant to verdant nature—a metaphor, like the dawn sky, for death and rebirth. The asymmetrical composition looks ahead to the work of Titian. When Albrecht Dürer visited Venice, he declared Bellini the best painter.