The Virgin and Child with the Baptist and an Angel

The Virgin and Child are flanked by an angel and Saint John the Baptist. Saint John the Baptist presents his younger cousin, Christ, with an emblem of Christ's future sacrifice, in this case, as is usual, a wooden cross and, as is very unusual, a lemon which is sometimes said to allude to the weaning of Christ.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1486/8 - 1522
Full title
The Virgin and Child, Saint John the Baptist and an Angel
Date made
probably about 1514-18
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
75.6 x 64.8 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1867
Inventory number
Location in Gallery