The artist's composition of the Virgin seated on the ground reflects the tradition of the Madonna of Humility. The rocky setting is similar to those which Leonardo favoured for his paintings.

A pricked drawing, apparently for the head of the Virgin, is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
documented from 1487; died 1524
Full title
The Virgin and Child
Date made
probably about 1520
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
66.7 x 53.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1883
Inventory number
NG1149
Location in Gallery