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The Virgin and Child

Giovanni Belliniprobably 1480-1500

The National Gallery, London

The National Gallery, London

This picture has been called a work of Bellini's workshop, but the best preserved parts are by no means unworthy of Bellini himself.

Painted in the middle period of Bellini's career, this painting has been dated to various points in the 1480s and 1490s.

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  • Title: The Virgin and Child
  • Creator: Giovanni Bellini
  • Date Created: probably 1480-1500
  • Physical Dimensions: 78.7 x 58.4 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil and tempera on wood
  • School: Italian (Venetian)
  • More Info: Explore the National Gallery’s paintings online
  • Inventory number: NG3913
  • Artist Dates: active about 1459; died 1516
  • Artist Biography: Giovanni Bellini was born into the leading dynasty of Venetian painters. He seems to have been the younger brother of Gentile Bellini. His development was first shaped by his father, Jacopo. His brother-in-law Andrea Mantegna also influenced early works, such as 'The Blood of the Redeemer' and 'The Agony in the Garden'. The visit of Antonello da Messina to Venice in 1475-6 may also have influenced him. Many signed paintings survive, as well as a number of workshop productions, including works on this screen. 'The Assassination of Saint Peter Martyr' is now thought to be by him rather than by his workshop. In his old age Bellini executed a few secular narrative paintings, of which the greatest is 'The Feast of the Gods', later modified by Titian.
  • Acquisition Credit: Mond Bequest, 1924

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