Collection: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Artist information: Cima da Conegliano was an Italian Renaissance painter from Veneto who was mainly active in the town of his birth, after which he was named. In 1488 he worked in Vicenza before going to Venice and returning to Conegliano. Due to his notable similarity to Bartolomeo Montagna, namely in his use of distemper, he may have been his pupil. Later he became the most obvious successor to Giovanni Bellini and combined his styles with those of Titian. He is also famous for being one of the first Italian artists to assign a place in his paintings for landscape depiction, and to give expression to atmospheric principles and the distribution of light and shade. His compositions were usually calm and undramatic, as characterized by the fact that most of his paintings were depictions of the Madonna. 'Madonna with Four Saints' (ca. 1511) and 'Presentation of the Virgin Mary at the Temple' (1496-1497) rank among his most prominent artworks.