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In the Saleroom: Giovanni Bellini’s The Madonna and Child in a landscape


The Madonna and Child in a landscape by Giovanni Bellini (1431/6-1516), a rarely-seen painting by one of the most celebrated of Italian Renaissance artists, fetched £3,513,250 at the Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours Evening Sale in London on 6 July, setting a new world auction record for the artist. Last publicly exhibited in 1955, this is the most authoritative version of a Madonna composition by Bellini and shows the artist at his most mature and accomplished. The picture was first recorded in the possession of William Ward, 1st Earl of Dudley (1817–1885), who was one of the outstanding English collectors of the mid-19th century. (RT: 2:05)

7 July 2010