The Virgin and Child

This is an entirely characteristic work by the artist. Giovanni Santi, Raphael's father, was also a poet at the Court of Urbino.

The distant landscape in the background is reminiscent of Domenico Ghirlandaio, while the sleeping child may be based on a 'Virgin and Child' by Giovanni Bellini (Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum).

Christ wears a necklace made from coral, perhaps reflecting the belief that coral has healing properties. It is often seen in images of the Virgin and Child.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1469 - 1494
Full title
The Virgin and Child
Date made
perhaps about 1488
Medium and support
Egg and oil on wood
Dimensions
68 x 49.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1865
Inventory number
NG751
Location in Gallery