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Title: 1977P227 Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints and Donor
Description: 1977P227
Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints and Donor, 1505
Artist: Giovanni Bellini
Image shows painting post-restoration in 2008

* This altarpiece is something of a mystery. Nothing is known about the man who commissioned it or its original location. The inclusion of full-length saints indicates an important patron and an expensive commission.
Though the work is signed on the scrap of paper or 'cartellino' by Bellini, its production would have involved the work of assistants in his studio. Bellini's own hand can be detected in the animated naturalism of the heads of the two saints.

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Purchased by public subscription with contributions from the Denis Mahon Trust, the National Art Collections Fund, the Pilgrim's Trust, Birmingham City Council, West Midlands County Council, the Friends of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and a special Government grant in memory of David, Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, 1977.
Birmingham Museums Trust/Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Virgin Mary
Old Master
Usage Rights: Creative Commons 0 - Public Domain. Optional attribution: Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust, licensed under CC0
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