MONTAGNA, Bartolomeo
(b. ca. 1450, Orzinuovi, Brescia, d. 1523, Vicenza)

St Peter Blessing and Donor

c. 1505
Oil on panel, 60 x 39 cm
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

This painting is executed with an astonishing synthesis of the human figure, architecture, and landscape. The artist's debt to Antonello da Messina is enriched by elements drawn from Giovanni Bellini, most evident in the delightful fragment of Veneto landscape, where among various borrowed buildings one finds the façade of the Duomo in Vicenza and the Arena in Pola.

The inscription on the scroll carried by the little dog in his mouth reads: ESTO FIDELIS ("Be faithful").