Contarini Madonna

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Contarini Madonna
Giovanni bellini, madonna contarini.jpg
Artist Giovanni Bellini
Year c. 1475-1480
Medium Oil on panel
Dimensions 78 cm × 256 cm (31 in × 101 in)
Location Accademia, Venice

The Contarini Madonna (Italian: Madonna Contarini) is an oil painting by the Italian Renaissance master Giovanni Bellini, dating from c. 1475-1480 now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice.


The painting shows the Madonna holding Jesus who stands on a parapet in the foreground. Below is a cartouche with the artist's signature, IOANNES BELLINVS. The blessing Child has similar features to that in the San Giobbe Altarpiece, dating to the same decade or a few years later. His icon-like staring appearance recalls the Byzantine painting, which was one of the roots of the Venetian painting school.

The background is formed by a soft landscape, with hills and a city with towers.

See also[edit]


  • Olivari, Mariolina (2007). "Giovanni Bellini". Pittori del Rinascimento. Florence: Scala.