Madonna col Bambino e i santi Caterina e Giovanni Battista

Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and John the Baptist

Giorgio o Zorzi da Castelfranco detto Giorgione

Author
Giorgio o Zorzi da Castelfranco detto Giorgione
Castelfranco 1476/1477 - Venezia 1510
Title
Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and John the Baptist
Catalogue
70
Support
Wood panel, 50 x 81 cm
Provenance
Donated by Girolamo Contarini, 1838
Hall
Hall VIII

Despite its small size, this sacra conversazione is a composition of studied equilibrium. The centre is dominated by a fragment of landscape against which a slender processional cross stands out. This cross ideally separates the Madonna and Child from the two saints, John and Catherine of Alexandria, who is identified by the wheel of her martyrdom. The attribution to Giorgione is not shared by all scholars, some of whom attribute it to Sebastiano del Piombo, while others have posited a collaboration between the maestro and a student.