BELLINI, Giovanni
(b. ca. 1426, Venezia, d. 1516, Venezia)

Pesaro Altarpiece

Oil on wood
Musei Civici, Pesaro

The picture shows a photomontage of the Pesaro Altarpiece in the Musei Civici, Pesaro, and the Pietà in the Pinacoteca, Vatican.

The Coronation of the Virgin remained in the church of San Francesco at the time of its dissolution in 1797, then became the property of the Comune, and after various vicissitudes ended up at the Musei Civici in Pesaro, where it is now. The Pietà, which according to customary canons of the time crowned it, had a different history. At the time of the church's dissolution, it went to Paris; it was recovered and brought to Rome by Canova in 1815; it finally came to the Vatican Pinacoteca, where it was given various different attributions (Bartolomeo Montagna, Giovanni Buonconsiglio, Andrea Mantegna) and it is to be found there still. It has always been considered the original cymatium of the Coronation, replaced in the 18th century by a painting of St Jerome.