Saint Paul is shown on the left of the Virgin and Child with a sword and a book, his traditional attributes. Saint Francis is on the right, with a wooden cross, which is touched by the infant Christ.

No other version of this composition is recorded, but its separate components all come from paintings by Cima, who had a large workshop and was highly influential not only in Venice but throughout the Veneto.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1459/60 - about 1517/18
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saint Paul and Saint Francis
Date made
perhaps about 1508-30
Medium and support
Oil on poplar
49.5 x 87 cm
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
Location in Gallery