The Virgin and Child in a Landscape

In the background at the right is Saint John the Baptist, carrying a lantern and accompanied by the Lamb of God. The great  towers of the town in the background represent three of the towers of Bruges but the town itself is imaginary.

Round pictures were fairly common in the Low Countries in the 15th and 16th centuries. This one was probably painted in the early 1520s.

 

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1512; died 1531
Full title
The Virgin and Child in a Landscape
Date made
probably early 1520s
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
81.2 × 81.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Queen Victoria at the Prince Consort's wish, 1863
Inventory number
NG1864
Location in Gallery