The Christ Child holds a pomegranate, a traditional symbol of the Passion, and is showing some of its seeds to his mother, the Virgin Mary.

The picture has been extensively retouched, and has been cut at the bottom and on the right-hand side.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1445 - 1510
Full title
The Virgin and Child with a Pomegranate
Date made
probably about 1480-1500
Medium and support
Tempera on wood
Dimensions
67.9 x 52.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Lady Lindsay, 1912
Inventory number
NG2906
Location in Gallery