Giovanni Mocenigo was Doge of Venice from 1478 until 1485. The Doge's banner shows the Mocenigo arms and the lion of Saint Mark (the emblem of Venice) and is inscribed: 'pax/ tibi/ mar/ce /eva/ngel/ista /mevs' (Peace be with you Mark my evangelist). The altar also shows the Mocenigo arms, and is inscribed.

The Christ Child is shown twice, once held by the Virgin, once by Saint Christopher.

This work was traditionally ascribed to Carpaccio.

Key facts

Artist
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saints Christopher and John the Baptist, and Doge Giovanni Mocenigo
Date made
1478-85
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
184.2 x 295.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1865
Inventory number
NG750
Location in Gallery