The Virgin and Child and the young Saint John the Baptist are seen in a domestic interior. Saint John holds a reed cross and a scroll inscribed with words from his Gospel (New Testament, John 1: 29 and 36). The Christ Child holds a bird on a string.

The painting demonstrates Solario's Venetian training and is probably an early work.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
probably active 1502 - 1518
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saint John
Date made
perhaps about 1500-10
Medium and support
Oil on canvas, transferred from wood
Dimensions
36.5 x 29.8 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2503
Location in Gallery