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This picture is signed on the marble parapet that separates us from the Virgin Mary. She stands behind it and supports the Christ Child, who kneels on a cushion. He is fully dressed; some altarpieces in which the infant Christ is similarly well covered were said to have been commissioned for nuns.
The picture has been dated to the middle part of Lazzaro Bastiani’s career, after he worked with Gentile Bellini on paintings for the Scuola Grande di San Marco, Venice (the headquarters of a religious confraternity). The garland of fruit and foliage which hangs behind the Virgin’s head is a decorative feature found in works by Bellini and other artists working in the Veneto, such as Giorgio Schiavone.
Tempera and oil on wood
H 83.2 x W 64.1 cm
Presented by The Art Fund, 1905