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Carlo Crivelli, The Virgin and Child
This painting is part of the group: The Demidoff Altarpiece
This picture of the 'The Virgin and Child' is the central panel from a large altarpiece made for the high altar of San Domenico in Ascoli Piceno, east central Italy.

It was painted by Carlo Crivelli, a Venetian, who spent most of his career working in the Italian Marches.

In this altarpiece, Crivelli has used three-dimensional elements: glass, beads, carved and gilded wood and even gilded rope. In the flickering candle-light of a church, the effect of these would have been more powerful than in the well-lit gallery.

Crivelli's work is distinctive for the detail of his settings. The Virgin is seated on a marble step and surrounded by festoons of fruit and a tooled gilded background.

When acquired by the Gallery, the altarpiece had a third tier of smaller saints, now acknowledged as part of a separate polyptych in the same church. The entire complex has been known as the 'Demidoff Altarpiece' since it was framed as one polyptych when in Prince Anatole Demidoff's collection in the 19th century.

Other paintings in this group: The Demidoff Altarpiece

Saint Peter
Carlo Crivelli
1476
Saint Peter
Saint Dominic
Carlo Crivelli
1476
Saint Dominic
Saint Francis
Carlo Crivelli
1476
Saint Francis
Saint Andrew
Carlo Crivelli
1476
Saint Andrew
Saint Stephen
Carlo Crivelli
1476
Saint Stephen

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