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Madonna and Saints. 471x292
Bernard Burns called Giovanni Bellini the greatest Venetian master of the XV century. The artist began to write around 1449, and ten years later he became the head of a large workshop. By the time the altar was created for the church of San Jobb (St. Job), his manner of writing was already formed.
At the foot of a high throne on which solemnly sits Madonna and Child, blessing those who came to bow to her, - making angels (Saint Job was considered one of the patrons of music). Their robes are sky-blue, sunny yellow, the colors of lush green - sparkle with precious tints, movements that extract heavenly sounds, are full of graceful harmony and create a virtual circle. Her echo lines extend to the periphery of the huge plank, echo with a round “rose” above Madonna’s head and together with the outline of the arch, apse and canopy sound already a powerful chord.
The figures are made in full size. Bellini placed two naked saints, Jobb and Sebastian, on the flanks of the throne of Mary, next to them - Saints John the Baptist, Dominic and Louis of Toulouse. The architecture and decor of the apse, covered in gold smalt, resemble the Cathedral of San Marco. Against a gold background, the words are read clearly: "Ave, the pure flower of virgin chastity."
The composition was commissioned to the artist by the church of San Jobb and San Bernardino, in Canaregio. It is believed that this was due to the plague pestilence of 1478.