The Virgin and Child Enthroned

The Virgin Mary is shown on an inlaid marble throne, with an Eastern carpet at her feet. The Christ Child holds a pomegranate, a symbol of the Passion.

The form of the signature, meaning Gentile Bellini, Knight of Venice, indicates that the picture cannot be from before 1469, when Gentile Bellini was knighted. The decorative treatment and some details, such as the tiny trees in the Gothic tradition, would suggest a fairly early date.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1460; died 1507
Full title
The Virgin and Child Enthroned
Date made
about 1475-85
Medium and support
Oil on wood
121.9 x 82.6 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Mond Bequest, 1924
Inventory number
Location in Gallery