LIBERALE da Verona
(b. ca. 1445, Verona, d. ca. 1528, Verona)

Virgin and Child

c. 1490
Oil on panel, 79 x 54 cm
Private collection

This panel depicts the Virgin and Child before a green curtain with an open book. It probably dates to around 1490, contrasting with the artist's early depictions of the Virgin and Child carried out during his time spent in Siena between 1467-76, which employ gold grounds with stamped and incised haloes. This picture reflects the influences on Liberale's work, in the last decades of the fifteenth century, of the schools of Ferrara and Venice, where he is documented as living and working in 1487 before returning to Verona.