Madonna and Saints (Bellini)

Madonna and Saints (Bellini)

Artist Giovanni Bellini

Date 1505

Movement Italian Renaissance

Medium Oil on panel

Dimensions 16’5″ x 7’9″

Located at San Zaccaria, Venice


Like Veneziano’s Madonna and Child with Saints, this too is a sacra conversazione, created for the Benedictine convent at San Zaccaria. The figures are arranged in a neat, triangular composition and do not speak to one another; rather, they appear deep in thought. As in Veneziano’s work, a gentle light pervades the scene, and yet this light is not quite as hazy as the one found in its predecessor.