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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; AZ013
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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.

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