The head has apparently been cut from a larger picture.

A false attribution to Cimabue appears in an inscription on the back, but pigment analysis does suggest an early date for the picture. Although it is thought to be French, a Spanish origin is also possible.

Key facts

Artist
Full title
The Virgin
Date made
15th century
Medium and support
Oil on pine
Dimensions
34.9 x 26 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1891
Inventory number
NG1335
Location in Gallery