The Virgin and Child

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