The Virgin holds an entwined branch of lilies and carnations and the Christ Child a red rose. The rose symbolises martyrdom, the Passion (Christ's sufferings before the Crucifixion) and the sorrow of the Virgin. The lily represents the Virgin's purity.

Other versions of the design are signed and dated 1642 and 1649. This painting seems to be rather later and may not be entirely by the hand of this artist.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1616 - 1686
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Flowers
Date made
after 1642
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
78.1 x 63.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
NG934
Location in Gallery