The object held by the Christ Child is a toy that could be made to rise and fall. Its shape recalls the Cross on which the adult Christ will be crucified. The pot of carnations on the right probably symbolises Christ's Passion. The extensive and detailed landscape background is typical of Netherlandish painting in the early 16th century.

This picture was presented by Queen Victoria at the Prince Consort's wish, 1863.

Key facts

Artist dates
living 1491; died 1529
Full title
The Virgin and Child in a Landscape
Date made
early 16th century
Medium and support
Oil on oak
60.2 × 49.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Queen Victoria at the Prince Consort's wish, 1863
Inventory number
Location in Gallery