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This particular type of sacra conversazione was inspired by Giovanni Bellini’s late-fifteenth-century works, which were often reinterpreted. Cima draws on Bellini for his three-quarter length figures, who illusionistically appear to be standing behind a marble parapet separating them from the viewer, as in the group with the Virgin and Child. The regal nature of the couple is underlined by the central drape and the manner in which the two outer figures are bowing slightly.