Madonna with Child

Giovanni BelliniBetween1460 to 1465

Sforzesco Castle

Sforzesco Castle
Milan, Italy

What is immediately striking in this painting is the superb psychological articulation of the figures. Their eyes do not meet, but they are united by gestures: the Madonna who tries to protect her son, taking away the fruit, symbol of human sin and prefiguration of the Passion, and the Child who pushes His mother away.
The richly decorated robes and the archaic style of the drapery suggest that the work belongs to Bellini’s youthful period, still very much influenced by the ways of his father Jacopo.


  • Title: Madonna with Child
  • Creator: Giovanni Bellini
  • Date Created: Between1460 to 1465
  • Location: Castello Sforzesco, Pinacoteca; Milan
  • Physical Dimensions: 78 x 50 cm
  • Provenance: Deposit from Museo Patrio, Milan, 1899
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Comune di Milano - Civiche Raccolte Artistiche, Castello Sforzesco, Milano
  • External Link: https://pinacoteca.milanocastello.it/
  • Medium: Tempera on panel
  • Art Genre: Sacred art
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Original title: Madonna con il Bambino
  • Artist Nationality: Italian
  • Artist Death Date: 1516
  • Artist Birth Place: Venice
  • Artist Birth Date: 1432

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