Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano

about 1459/60 - about 1517/18

Cima was one of the most prolific artists in Venice at the end of the 15th century. More than thirty altarpieces by Cima survive - more than for any of his contemporaries. They include 'The Incredulity of Saint Thomas'.

According to Vasari, Cima was trained by Giovanni Bellini. Even if this was not a formal relationship, it is clear that Bellini's art was a formative influence on him. Although not an original or inventive artist, Cima seems to have had a large and efficient workshop. Its output was large, often varying a standard pattern. Like Bellini he made many domestic images of the Madonna and Child.

Cima worked in many towns in the Veneto, including Parma and Treviso. He was in regular touch with Conegliano, his birthplace. This connection may have helped him export the Venetian type of altarpiece to the provinces.