#amuseumaday | gemäldegalerie | @staatlichemuseenzuberlin | lazzaro bastiani, "madonna and child in a painted frame", undated, oil on panel, 54.5 x 42.5 cm.
not much is known about bastiani. he is documented in 1449 as a painter in venice, but the earliest still extant work by him is from 1484. this panel of a madonna and child is interesting because of the frame around it. several putti each carry a so-called instrument of the passion, objects that played an important role in the last moments of christ. on the left we see the crown of thorns, the cross and the ladder. on the right we see the spear, the sponge on a stick and the column. the putti at the top carry the nails, and the ones at the bottom each hold a flail.
at the center of this are the v****n and child. mary protectively holds her son as she looks straight at the cross held by the putto on the left. a tender scene with the innocent child was often paired with such foreshadowing of his inevitable fate. given the panel's limited size it may very well have belonged to a private individual, for personal devotion and contemplation. there appears to be a coat of arms at the bottom, which may belong to a previous owner.