Giovanni Battista Cima

One of the greatest Venetian painters flourishing at the turn of the 14th century, Cima was inspired by the work of Giovanni Bellini, who had used a variety of iconographic symbols to codify the Italian equivalent of the contemplative image of the North European tradition. This Imago Pietatis has the characteristics of a private devotional image. The immense popularity of such images from the middle of the 15th century onwards relied on the ideal harmony between this mode of artistic expression and the new religious attitude then taking hold and developing in the Church.


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