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Virgin and Child  1496

by Ercole de' Roberti

Ercole de’ Roberti worked in Bologna and, from 1486, in Ferrara, where he was associated with the brilliant court of the ruling Este family. Whereas his earlier works possess an almost frenzied emotional intensity, this late Virgin and Child is calmer, expressing a gentler melancholy. Roberti’s mannerisms are nevertheless evident in the exaggerated, slender fingers of the ...
52 × 35 cm (20 1/2 × 13 3/4 in.)
Tempera or oil on panel
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago