Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints and Donor

Giovanni Bellini

Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints and Donor
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 26cm


This altarpiece is something of a mystery. Nothing is known about the man who commissioned it or its original location. The inclusion of full-length saints indicates an important patron and an expensive commission. Though the work is signed on the scrap of paper or 'cartellino' by Bellini, its production would have involved the work of assistants in his studio. Bellini's own hand can be detected in the animated naturalism of the heads of the two saints.

Image Details

914mm x 813mm
Oil on poplar panel.
Purchased by public subscription with contributions from various trusts and funds.
Accession Number

© Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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