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Madonna and Child with a Choir of Cherubs (Madonna of Cherubs)

Andrea Mantegna

The panel, attributed to Giovanni Bellini until 1885, when Luigi Cavenaghi’s restoration made it possible to recognize the hand of Mantegna, is probably the one that the artist gave to his friend the abbé Matteo Bosso. It came to Brera in 1808 from the Venetian church of Santa Maria Maggiore following the Napoleonic abolitions.

The aforementioned attribution to Bellini is explained by the unusually vivid colors and the great tenderness of the Virgin’s expression.

Download hi-res image TITLE Madonna and Child with a Choir of Cherubs (Madonna of Cherubs)
AUTHOR Andrea Mantegna
DATE 1485-1490
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Tempera on panel
DIMENSIONS cm 88 × 70
INVENTORY 297
ROOM VI
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