The Virgin and Child with Two Angels

Curtains have been parted to reveal the Virgin and Child and two angels. One of the angels holds a lily, a traditional symbol of the Virgin's purity.

Verrocchio was a sculptor and goldsmith as well as a painter. He ran an active workshop and both Leonardo and Perugino began their careers working for him.

Verrocchio’s own paintings have proved difficult to identify, but it might be expected that their quality would match that of his celebrated drawings and his sculpture. In this picture that high quality is found in the Virgin and the angel on the left.

However he seems to have delegated responsibility for the design and execution of the Baby Jesus and the right-hand angel to another pupil, seemingly Lorenzo di Credi, who trained with him from about 1473 and remained in his workshop until Verrocchio’s death.

Verrocchio’s workshop is noted for the careful rendering of expensive fabrics and jewellery, which are exceptionally well represented in this work.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1435 - 1488; about 1458 - 1537
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Two Angels
Date made
about 1476-78
Medium and support
Egg tempera on wood
96.5 x 70.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1857
Inventory number
Location in Gallery