There are several versions of this design which may date from the period when Catena and Giorgione were in partnership around 1506.

Although the painting is damaged, some areas are still in relatively good condition, such as the Virgin's blue mantle, painted over a red ground.

The presence of the infant John suggests the influence of Florentine art; he is rare in Venetian art before this date.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1506 - 1531
Full title
The Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist
Date made
about 1506-15
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
72.4 x 57.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Alfred A. de Pass, 1920
Inventory number
NG3540
Location in Gallery