This picture appears to be an early work by Lorenzo. The Virgin kneels, adoring the Christ Child. This was a well-known formula, but here it seems to adapt a composition current in the workshop of Lorenzo's master, Andrea del Verrocchio, In the background is seen the Annunciation to the Shepherds. However the the two areas of landscape do not join up on either side of the broken window embrasure behind the Virgin's head.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1458 - 1537
Full title
The Virgin adoring the Child
Date made
1490-1500
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
86.4 x 60.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
NG648
Location in Gallery