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Madonna and Child

Artist: Pietro degli Ingannati (active 1529-1548 - )
Date: ca. 1530-1540
16th century
Dimensions: 25.25 x 20.5 in. (64.14 x 52.07 cm)
Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: Europe, Italy
Medium and Support: Oil on panel
Credit Line: Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation via The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT, 2002
Accession Number: 2009.01.05
On View: 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.


(Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955] Rome-Florence); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 13 March 1941 as Lattanzio da Rimini; gift 1962 to the Museum of Art, Science and Industry, Bridgeport, CT; gift 2002 to the Bellarmine Museum of Art, Fairfield University [now called the Fairfield University Art Museum] no. K1269.


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