The Virgin and Child with Saints

The figure of Saint John the Baptist in this painting is derived from a picture ascribed to Giovanni Bellini in the Accademia, Venice. In the inscription, Previtali refers to himself as Bellini's disciple.

Saint Catherine of Alexandria is shown holding a martyr's palm; Christ places a ring over her finger, recalling her vision of a 'mystic marriage' to Christ.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1480 - 1528
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saints John the Baptist and Catherine
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on wood
66.3 x 87.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1894
Inventory number
Location in Gallery