Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), an early Italian Renaissance master, painted Madonna of the Meadow in 1505, late in his career at age 75. Here he presents an exquisite background here filled with animals and buildings in a pastoral setting that foregrounds the Virgin Mary at prayer over the sleeping infant Christ who presses his hand to his heart.
The mother and child make up half of the canvas in a near perfect triangle, splitting the background into two. The picture both captures and inspires in the viewer a profound devotion.
Giovanni Bellini, Madonna of the Meadow is in the National Gallery of London.