Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist and Elizabeth, Giovanni Bellini  und Werkstatt
Giovanni Bellini
Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist and Elizabeth
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Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist and Elizabeth, 1490 – 1500


Dimensions
72.0 x 90.0 x 0.9 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on poplar
Inventory Number
853
Acquisition
Acquired in 1833
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

The Mother of God and the Christ Child are in the company of John the Baptist and his mother, Elizabeth. This devotional painting radiates quietude of a virtually sublime character. The pictorial type known as ‘sacra conversazione’ (sacred conversation) was extremely popular. Successful artists like Bellini produced several versions of it, combining figures based on standardised models. This explains why Elizabeth and John cannot see the Infant Jesus, but only Mary’s back. The painting undoubtedly owes its aura in good part to the brilliant blue produced from the precious lapis lazuli.

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  • 02:07
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  • Kunst|Stück – Giovanni Bellini: Madonna mit Kind, Johannes dem Täufer und der heiligen Elisabeth
    Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. Giovanni Bellini und Werkstatt: Madonna mit Kind, Johannes dem Täufer und der heiligen Elisabeth (1490-1500), Städel Museum Frankfurt. https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/de/werk/madonna-mit-kind-johannes-dem-taeufer-und-der-heiligen-elisa#yt

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Basic Information

Title
Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist and Elizabeth
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on poplar
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten in der Mitte der Gesimsplatte: IOANNES BELLINVS

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1833

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11F611 'Sacra Conversazione'
  • 11FF4222 Mary sitting or enthroned, the Christ-child sitting on her knee (Christ-child to Mary's left) - FF - the Christ-child to Mary's right
  • 11F711 Christ-child making speaking or blessing gestures ~ Madonna-representations
  • 11HH(ELISABETH) Elisabeth, mother of John the Baptist; possible attributes: John the Baptist as child
  • 11H(JOHN THE BAPTIST) John the Baptist; possible attributes: book, reed cross, baptismal cup, honeycomb, lamb, staff
  • 11Q21 one person praying
  • 31A2522 hands folded

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31.01.2019