The Child Jesus stands on the parapet. He is steadied by the Virgin Mary who is seen against a cloth of Honour. This painting is thought to be an early work, and was probably painted for private devotion.

Basaiti, who was active in Venice in the early 16th century, is noted for his sharp-edged and clearly defined forms. The attitude and gesture of the infant Christ remind us that paintings of this kind were often hung quite high in Venetian homes.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1496 - 1530
Full title
The Virgin and Child
Date made
about 1496-1505
Medium and support
Oil on poplar
Dimensions
62.9 x 47 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2499
Location in Gallery