On loan from a private collection, © Private collection

The Virgin’s tender, supportive embrace and Christ’s sweet expression as he gazes up at his mother convey intimacy. A Venetian painter who greatly admired the work of Bellini, Vivarini adopts motifs employed by the master such as the illusionistically painted cartellino paper on the parapet.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
living 1457; died 1503/5
Full title
Virgin and Child
Date made
about 1483-5
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
80.2 x 64.8 cm
Acquisition credit
On loan from a private collection
Inventory number
L1158
Location in Gallery