European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Virgin and ChildMade in Venice, Italy, Europe
Giovanni Bellini, also called Giambellino, Italian (active Venice), first documented 1459, died 1516
Oil on panel
Cat. 165John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelThroughout his career, Bellini painted for private patrons intimate images of the Virgin and Child behind a parapet. This is one of his earliest renditions of the subject. The background of this picture, originally painted as a bluish sky with clouds, has altered due to time and former cleanings.
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