The Virgin and Child

This painting is badly worn away. A goldfinch, symbolising the Passion, is shown held captive on a string. The infant Christ is fully dressed: some altarpieces in which the Child is similarly well covered were said to have been commissioned for nuns.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1449; died 1512
Full title
The Virgin and Child
Date made
probably 1480-90
Medium and support
Tempera and oil on wood
Dimensions
83.2 x 64.1 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Presented by The Art Fund, 1905
Inventory number
NG1953
Location in Gallery