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
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
Dimensions
75.6 x 64.8 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1867
Inventory number
NG777
Location in Gallery