(b. ca. 1430, Ferrara, d. 1495, Ferrara)
The Madonna of the Zodiac1459-63
Tempera on panel, 61 x 41 cm (without frame)
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice
The inscription confirms that this small work was intended for private worship. It takes its name from the signs of the zodiac in gold on the background. They are still legible on the left but have faded almost entirely on the right.
The inscription at the bottom: SVIGLIA EL TUO FIGLIO DOLCE MADRE PIA / PER FAR INFIN FELICE L'ALMA MIA.