The Virgin and Child

In this early work, the Child, like the Virgin, is holding a cherry, the 'fruit of Paradise', in his left hand. The Child is seated on a book, presumably the Bible. The defined outlines, solid forms and especially the pose of the Virgin and the foreshortening of her hands shows the impact of Antonello da Messina. The landscape background however is more typically North Italian, including a view of a church reflected in the canal or lake in front of it.

Key facts

Artist dates
living 1459; died 1523
Full title
The Virgin and Child
Date made
probably about 1485-7
Medium and support
Tempera with oil on wood
64.8 x 54.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1869
Inventory number
Location in Gallery