The Venetian artist’s Madonna was eagerly anticipated, due to its unprecedented nature and, quite simply, its beauty.
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).