The Virgin and Child are under a canopy ornamented with shields; an angel gives the Christ Child a goldfinch, symbol of the Passion. The flowering hedgerows behind are echoed in the fringed tapestry covering the marble step.

Clearly influenced by Fra Angelico, this painting has recently been attributed to the Florentine painter Benozzo Gozzoli who worked with Fra Angelico.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1420/2(?) - 1497
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Angels
Date made
about 1447-50
Medium and support
Egg tempera on wood
Dimensions
29.2 x 21.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1945
Inventory number
NG5581
Location in Gallery