The letters inscribed on the left and right pilasters suggest the abbreviated forms of the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet (Alpha and Omega). This refers to a saying from the Book of Revelation: 'I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.'

Key facts

Artist dates
1436/7 - 1504
Full title
The Virgin and Child
Date made
about 1456-60
Medium and support
Tempera on wood
55.9 x 41.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1874
Inventory number
Location in Gallery