Maria with the baby on the throne by Carlo Crivelli

Maria with the baby on the throne by Carlo Crivelli

Maria with the baby on the throne [1476] Budapest, Museum of Fine Arts, Inv. № 75. Poplar, tempera, 106.5 x 55.3 cm. Acquired from the Esterhazy collection in 1870. Exhibited in 1968 at the exhibition “Venetian painting of the XV – XVIII centuries” in the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts. This extremely talented and completely unusual master only a very short time could work in his hometown, in Venice. He was implicated in a crime and until 1465 left the republic.

The circumstances of the crime have so far remained unknown. Almost with complete certainty it can be said that in this city he

did not write any of his works. He signed his paintings, emphasizing his Venetian origin, and this fact suggests that they were created not in Venice. Beginning in 1471, with the exception of a short time, he worked for Ascoli Piceno until the end of his life.

At one time in the churches of this city there were many altars belonging to the brush of Krivelli. This painting was the central part of the altar, which was made in 1476 or a little earlier for the church of San Domenico. The four lateral paintings of this altar are currently in the London National Gallery.

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