The Virgin and Child are seated behind a marble parapet. Jesus holds the Virgin's belt; both figures look straight out of the picture.

The design is known in other versions by Cima and his workshop, including compositions in reverse. It also served as the basis of a signed picture by Previtali (Detroit , Institute of Arts) which can probably be dated about 1502. The landscape with the fortress and walled town crowning the hill at the left also appears in other works associated with Cima.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1459/60 - about 1517/18
Full title
The Virgin and Child
Date made
about 1499-1502
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
64.8 x 52.1 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2506
Location in Gallery