The painting, probably of the 1520s, is of a shape associated in Venice with votive offerings to the Virgin Mary or a patron saint. Here the warrior who approaches the Virgin and Child on his knees wears European armour, but the silk of his head-dress is from Islamic North Africa, and the trappings of his horse from Islamic Spain; the dagger and belt hanging on the wall are also of Islamic style. It has been conjectured that the painting commemorates the conversion of a Turk.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1506 - 1531
Full title
A Warrior adoring the Infant Christ and the Virgin
Date made
after 1520
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
155.3 x 263.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1853
Inventory number
Location in Gallery