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Tornabuoni Arte

S014
GIOVANNI ZABELLANA (circle of)
Praying Madonna on throne
Verona documented between 1485 and 1505
Fruit wood, carved and sculpted
cm. 105


The sculpture comes from an important aristocratic Venetian collection, where it was traditionally attributed to Niccol Giolfino, Verona-born sculptor who was active in the second half of the Fifteenth century. The Virgin, seated on the throne, is depicted according to the Venetian iconographic custom of the second half of the Fifteenth century. This is witnessed by elements as the gently joined hands, the typical veil resting on the slightly reclined face. The gentle expression of the face, the splendidly rendered small circles of the dress that forms deep folds between the slightly spread knees suggest that this image of the Virgin may be attributed to the circle of Giovanni Zabellana, whose late-Fifteenth century language here unfolds in a volumetrically moir airy manner, while the draperies replace late-Gothic elements with a knowledge of Renaissance and a language inspired by Mantegna. We are, in conclusion, probably dealing with the work of a sculptor who was close to Zabellana and who was active in Veneto in the early years of the 16th century.



Tornabuoni Arte