I think that Carlo Crivelli is definitely one of my favourite Italian artists. He was active in Venice between 1457 and 1493 and this painting of a Madonna and Child dates from around 1480. I don’t know why his paintings appeal to me so much; I think I just adore his use of muted colour and the witchy elongated features (and fingers!) of his sitters.
His paintings are curious really as they contain both the progressive influences of the Italian Renaissance and yet at the same time retain a very decided gothic sensibility with results that are both charming and yet faintly unsettling.