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

Madonna and Child under a Pergola with St John the Baptist and St Onofrius

Oil on canvas transferred from wood, 196 x 160 cm
Pinacoteca Civica, Vicenza

The painting was originally on the third altar on the left in San Michele in Vicenza, demolished in 1812. It is characterized by an impressive harmony between the bony plasticity of the figures' bodies and the grim, reddish brown shades of their skin. The throne seems to have been carved out of the rock; the canopy, held up by thin saplings, awakens in the viewer the solemn calm of the sacred.

In 1964 an aggressive cleaning was carried out which resulted in unwanted effects.

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