(b. 1481, Ferrara, d. 1559, Ferrara)

Virgin and Child before a Curtain

c. 1512
Oil on panel, 75 x 56 cm
Private collection

In this panel, the painter retains the frontal pose of the Raphaelesque Madonna favoured in his early works, however, the position of the Christ Child, who leans in to embrace his mother while inclining his head and gazing to the right, brings an advanced sense of interaction and immediacy to the composition. Noteworthy is the precision of the mountainous landscape beyond, with its intricate representation of grass and foliage.