The Abbey of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice acquired a previously unpublished painting by Jan Massijs. Praying Virgin dates back to 1552 and is to be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné on Jan Massijs edited by Maria Clelia Galassi.
Venice has a few examples of early-Flemish art such as the Ecce Homo by Quentin Matsys (Jan’s father) and the Visions of the Hereafter by Hieronymus Bosch. However, works by Jan Massijs are quite rare in Italian museums, with the notable exception of three works by the master in the Strada Nuova Museums of Genoa. Two other depictions of the Virgin by Jan Massijs are in the Prado and the Museo Làzaro Galdiano in Madrid.