Giovanni Bellini (Italian, Venetian, active by 1459, died 1516)
Oil on wood
35 x 28 in. (88.9 x 71.1 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1908 (08.183.1)
This beautiful picture, probably painted in the late 1480s, is a work of Giovanni Bellini's maturity. Unusually, the cloth of honor behind the figures is off center, revealing a distant landscape that in its light and atmosphere anticipates the works of Giorgione and Titian. The fine Venetian frame dates from the early sixteenth century.