(b. 1431, Isola di Carturo, d. 1506, Mantova)
Virgin with Sleeping Child1465-70
Tempera on canvas, 43 x 32 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin
In this early, tender Madonna painting, Mary looks extremely young, her youth seen as an attribute of virginity. As she cradles the sleeping baby, her brooding gaze suggest a presentiment of the Pietà, when she will hold her son for the last time.
The composition betrays the influence of Donatello.