Salting Madonna (Antonello da Messina)
|Artist||Antonello da Messina|
|Type||Various techniques on wood|
|Dimensions||43.2 cm × 34.3 cm (17.0 in × 13.5 in)|
|Location||National Gallery, London|
The Madonna with Child (Salting Madonna) is a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Antonello da Messina. It is housed in the National Gallery, London. The name Salting derives from George Salting, the collector who donated it to the gallery in 1910.
The Salting Madonna shows a complex series of cultural references, which have led in past time scholars to classify it variously as a Flemish, Spanish or even Russian work. It is in fact one of Antonello's earlier works, dating most likely from the 1460s, when the artist was in Sicily. It portrays the Madonna adorned with a series of well-crafted and rendered details, such as the crown and the Venetian-style garments.