(b. ca. 1430, Venezia, d. ca. 1512, Venezia)

Madonna and Child in Painted Frame

Poplar panel, 79 x 67 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

This enigmatic Madonna and Child is still rooted in the style of Jacopo Bellini. The painting is sometimes given to one of three pupils of Squarcione - Giorgio Schiavone, Marco Zoppo, or Mantegna. Putti painted on the picture's original frame continue the Madonna's mournful message: they hold the instruments of the Passion, each group separated by clusters of cherub heads.