Room 57

Venice and the Marche, 1440–1500

Born in Venice and trained in Padua, Carlo Crivelli worked initially on both sides of the Adriatic Sea. He finally settled in Ascoli Piceno, in the mountainous region of the Marche in central Italy. There he had a successful career as a painter of religious works, mainly large altarpieces. 

Crivelli’s works are characterised by a strong tension between the real and the unreal, making him one of the most original painters of 15th-century Italy. He wanted to convince the viewers of his paintings that the holy figures he depicted had really lived, while at the same time conveying their divinity. Crivelli’s pictures are remarkable both for their still-life details, such as beautifully observed plants, creatures and carpets, and for their ornate decoration, including gilding.

Cima da Conegliano was an equally productive artist. He grew up in the hill town from which he took his name, but spent most of his life in Venice, working there and for Venice’s subject cities on the Italian mainland. Cima’s work is indebted to Giovanni Bellini, with whom he probably trained. His beautifully crafted religious paintings are notable for their landscapes, their sense of equilibrium and the almost sculptural solidity of the figures. 

Paintings in this room

Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano: 'Saint Mark (?)'
Saint Mark (?)
Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano
Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano: 'Saint Sebastian'
Saint Sebastian
Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano
Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano: 'The Incredulity of Saint Thomas'
The Incredulity of Saint Thomas
Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano
Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano: 'The Virgin and Child'
The Virgin and Child
Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano
Carlo Crivelli: 'Saint Andrew'
Saint Andrew
Carlo Crivelli
Carlo Crivelli: 'Saint Dominic'
Saint Dominic
Carlo Crivelli
Carlo Crivelli: 'Saint Francis'
Saint Francis
Carlo Crivelli
Carlo Crivelli: 'Saint Lucy'
Saint Lucy
Carlo Crivelli
Carlo Crivelli: 'Saint Michael'
Saint Michael
Carlo Crivelli
Saint Peter
Carlo Crivelli
Carlo Crivelli: 'Saint Stephen'
Saint Stephen
Carlo Crivelli
Carlo Crivelli: 'Saint Thomas Aquinas'
Saint Thomas Aquinas
Carlo Crivelli
The Virgin and Child
Carlo Crivelli
Marco Marziale: 'The Circumcision'
The Circumcision
Marco Marziale
Antonio Vivarini: 'Saints Francis and Mark'
Saints Francis and Mark
Antonio Vivarini and Giovanni d'Alemagna
Antonio Vivarini: 'Saints Peter and Jerome'
Saints Peter and Jerome
Antonio Vivarini and Giovanni d'Alemagna