The Virgin and Child with Saint John

This is an early work by Filippino Lippi. The Christ Child holds a pomegranate, a symbol of the Passion. The young Saint John the Baptist wears a camel skin tunic and holds a reed cross.

The book on the parapet is inscribed with imitations of letters which do not actually form an inscription.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1457 - 1504
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saint John
Date made
about 1480
Medium and support
Tempera on poplar
Dimensions
59.1 x 43.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1894
Inventory number
NG1412
Location in Gallery