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The Virgin and Child

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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Probably dating from the 1480s, this painting is a fine example of a type of intimate devotional image popularised by Giovanni Bellini. Montagna, a leading painter in Vicenza, may have worked in Bellini's studio in Venice in the 1470s. The Child holds a goldfinch, a symbol of the Passion since the blood of Christ was said to have fallen on the bird's feathers on the way to Calvary.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology





tempera & oil (?) on panel


H 34 x W 28 cm

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Bequeathed by Gaspard O. Farrer through the Art Fund, 1946

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