The Virgin bends a branch (probably an olive branch symbolic of peace) towards Jesus who touches one of its leaves. Similar in style to a painting of 1510 once in Dresden, this Virgin and Child was perhaps painted in Bergamo before the painter's style was altered by the influence of Lotto.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1480 - 1528
Full title
The Virgin and Child with a Shoot of Olive
Date made
about 1515
Medium and support
Oil on wood
50.2 x 66.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery