Lazzaro Bastiani (active 1449 to 1512), The Madonna and Child, oil on panel, 48 x 31 cm (approx. 18,6 x 12,4 in)
Lazzaro Bastiani (1429-1512) worked with Gentile Bellini (1429-1507) on decorating the Scuola Grande di San Marco. There is something of that here in the monumental frontality of the two figures depicted. The Virgin’s face expresses all the graveness of a mother who already knows what her son’s fate will be. Rediscovered in a private collection in the Troyes region of eastern France, the devotional panel set a record for a work by this rare artist. A French collector paid €142,600, more than double the high estimate of €70,000 (source: Artnet).