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The Virgin and Child with Saints Christopher and John the Baptist, and Doge Giovanni Mocenigo

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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In this enormous picture, the doge – the elected head of the Venetian Republic – kneels before the Virgin and Child, asking for her support for the Venetian state. This is painting at its most official: the doge holds a banner showing the lion of Saint Mark, the symbol of Venice, and wears ceremonial dress. He is Doge Giovanni Mocenigo (1478–85). The family’s coat of arms is visible on the tails of the banner and on the front of the altar.

The National Gallery, London



The Virgin and Child with Saints Christopher and John the Baptist, and Doge Giovanni Mocenigo




Oil on canvas


H 184.2 x W 295.9 cm

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Bought, 1865

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