Description Clear lighting, sharp edges, and dignified yet emotionless figures are hallmarks of the work of Cima da Conegliano, head of one of the most prolific workshops in Renaissance Venice. Cima’s level of production rivaled that of his contemporary Venetian Giovanni Bellini (ca. 1430-1516), especially in images of the Madonna and Child intended for domestic interiors. This example, in which the Madonna and Child are placed before a window opening onto a distant landscape, was one of Cima’s most popular compositions. The original painting, by Cima himself, is now in the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The Walters Madonna is instead by one of the many assistants Cima employed to help him meet the high demand for his work.
|12/31/1969||Examination||examined for condition|
|12/31/1969||Treatment||cradle removed; varnish removed or reduced|
|1/01/1900||Examination||examined for condition|
|7/29/1940||Treatment||examined for condition|
|1/02/1959||Examination||examined for condition|
|1/01/1965||Treatment||cleaned; coated; cradle removed; examined for condition; varnish removed or reduced|
|11/30/1984||Treatment||loss compensation; coated|
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1897 catalogue: no. 240]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902
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