The Virgin and Child with a Supplicant

The Virgin and Child are shown in the foreground with a donor, probably a Franciscan friar, praying on the left. Christ holds a flower and gives a sign of blessing. The donor is tonsured and raises his hands in veneration. Saint Catherine of Alexandria stands amid ruins in the right background with the wheel of her martyrdom.

The gesture of the Virgin touching the donor's head was probably invented by Giovanni Bellini.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1480 - 1528
Full title
The Virgin and Child with a Tonsured Supplicant and Saint Catherine
Date made
about 1505-6
Medium and support
Oil on wood
53.3 x 69.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1862
Inventory number
Location in Gallery