The Virgin and Child are clothed with the sun, perhaps in reference to the Woman and Child of the Apocalypse as described in the New Testament (Revelation 12: 1). Saint Anthony is shown with his attributes of a bell and a hog.

This work may have been made for private devotion. It has been extensively restored. The 19th-century frame contains imitations of medals by Pisanello.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1394? - 1455
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saints Anthony Abbot and George
Date made
about 1435-41
Medium and support
Egg tempera on poplar
46.5 x 29 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented by Lady Eastlake in memory of Sir Charles Eastlake, 1867
Inventory number
Location in Gallery