Virgin and Child with St. Catherine and St. John the Baptist, ca. 1515
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1911
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.