Madonna col Bambino tra i santi Giovanni Battista e Paolo

Madonna and Child with Saint Paul and Saint George

Giambattista Cima da Conegliano

Author
Giambattista Cima da Conegliano
Conegliano, 1459/1460 - 1517/1518
Title
Madonna and Child with Saint Paul and Saint George
Catalogue
603
Support
Wood panel, 82 x 114 cm
Provenance
Donated by Girolamo Contarini,1838
Hall
Hall VI a

This particular type of sacra conversazione was inspired by Giovanni Bellini’s late-fifteenth-century works, which were often reinterpreted. Cima draws on Bellini for his three-quarter length figures, who illusionistically appear to be standing behind a marble parapet separating them from the viewer, as in the group with the Virgin and Child. The regal nature of the couple is underlined by the central drape and the manner in which the two outer figures are bowing slightly.