From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
In art, the sacra conversazione, which translates as Sacred or Holy Conversation in English, but is normally used in the Italian, refers to a depiction of the Madonna with infant Jesus amidst a group of saints. The form developed during the Italian Renaissance as artists replaced earlier hieratic triptych or polyptych formats with compositions in which figures interacted within a unified perspectival space. Early examples are one by Fra Angelico and another by Filippo Lippi. Among other artists to depict such a scene are Piero della Francesca, Giovanni Bellini, Paolo Veronese, and Andrea Mantegna.