The group of the Virgin and Child is taken from Giovanni Bellini's altarpiece of 1505 in San Zaccaria, Venice; it occurs in other pictures by Bissolo.

Saint Paul carries his attributes of a sword, by which he was martyred, and a book.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1492; died 1554
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saint Paul and a Female Martyr
Date made
probably 1505-30
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
78.1 x 117.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Mond Bequest, 1924
Inventory number
NG3915
Location in Gallery