Giovanni Bellini (1430–1516) and workshop
Madonna with Child
Venice, after 1487
oil on wood, 74.6 × 57.3 cm, signed IOANNES BELLINUS P
Purchased in May 2023 from the Maison d'Art in Monaco by ZKnW, Bellini's painting was most likely painted in the late 1580s or early 1590s. It is a repetition of Giovanni Bellini's composition entitled Madonna degli alberetti from 1487 in the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice. It differs slightly in the details – among others, landscape: in the Venetian painting, two symmetrically placed slender trees are visible in the background, and in the Wawel painting, one, on the left side – faithfully repeating the pose of the Madonna and Child. Another composition in which the painter repeated the poses of both figures and their mutual relationships is Madonna and Child with Saint George and Saint Peter – also in the Gallerie dell'Accademia.