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Montagna, Bartolomeo

(bärtōlōmĕ`ō mōntä`nyä), c.1450–1523, Italian painter. He was the founder and most important representative of the school of Vicenza, where he settled in 1480. His works, always religious in subject, are dignified and severe in design and finely colored. The most important are a series of frescoes (damaged) illustrating the life of St. Blaise (Church of San Nazaro, Verona); an altarpiece, Madonna and Child, painted for the Church of San Sebastiano, Verona (Academy, Venice); Madonna Enthroned, an altarpiece painted for San Michele at Vicenza (Milan); Ecce Homo (Louvre); Madonna and Saints (Johnson Coll., Philadelphia); Madonna and Child and A Lady of Rank as St. Justina of Padua (Metropolitan Mus.); and Madonna and Child (National Gall. of Art, Washington, D.C.).


See T. Borenius, The Painters of Vicenza (1909); J. A. Crowe, History of Painting in North Italy (3 vol., 1912, repr. 1972).

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