Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano

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Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano
(Italian, Conegliano 1459/60–1517/18 Conegliano or Venice)

Virgin and Child with St. Catherine and St. John the Baptist, ca. 1515

Oil on panel
37 11/16 x 24 9/16 inches (957 x 624 mm)

Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1911


Item description: 

This type of composition, in which the Virgin and Child are shown in the company of saints, is known as a sacred conversation. Such subjects became popular toward the end of Cima's career. The panel formerly belonged to Charles Fairfax Murray, the pre-Raphaelite painter and collector from whom Morgan purchased his collection of old master drawings in 1910.