ANTONELLO da Messina
(b. ca. 1430, Messina, d 1479, Messina)

Madonna and Child

Oil on panel, 129 x 76 cm
Museo Regionale, Messina

Among the pictures Antonello produced before his stay in Venice is the San Gregorio Polyptych. Its relationship to Netherlandish painting suggests that he was aware of certain examples in Naples where he worked, or that perhaps he may have visited the Lowlands.

The Madonna and Child is the central panel of the much damaged San Gregorio Polyptych.