Madonna and Child
Pietro degli Ingannati
(active 1529-1548 - )
25.25 x 20.5 in. (64.14 x 52.07 cm)
Medium and Support:
Oil on panel
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation via The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT, 2002
Bellarmine Hall Galleries
Paintings of the Madonna and Child, alone or with saints, were immensely popular in Venice in the 15th and 16th centuries. Most of the paintings by Ingannati (who was likely born in the Veneto region around the city of Venice), fall into this category. His works demonstrate the influence of Giovanni Bellini (ca. 1435-1516), the most important artist working in Venice at the end of the 15th century. Bellini’s luminous works, which took full advantage of the relatively new technique of oil painting, exemplify the style of Renaissance Venice in their brilliant colors, poetic expression, and softer forms and figures. Ingannati likely trained with Bellini in the early 16th century and continued working in a similar style throughout his career; his paintings often reuse or modify Bellini’s compositions, reworking figures to create seemingly original and innovative works.
This painting was part of the group of works donated by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to the Museum of Art, Science and Industry in Bridgeport, CT in 1962. When that museum became the Discovery Museum in the early 1990's, the Kress paintings were transferred to Fairfield University, where they formed the core of what would become the Fairfield University Art Museum.