The Virgin and Child ('The Madonna with the Iris')

The composition is similar to some treatments of the subject made by Dürer in drawings and engravings, and the plants have parallels in his drawings. The iris is often a symbol of the sword of the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin.

The painting is very probably produced by Dürer's assistants.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1471 - 1528
Full title
The Virgin and Child ('The Madonna with the Iris')
Date made
about 1500-10
Medium and support
Oil on lime
Dimensions
149.2 x 117.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought through The Art Fund, 1945
Inventory number
NG5592
Location in Gallery