The Virgin and Child with Two Angels

The lavish use of mordant gilding is characteristic of Bergognone, in whose work the mordant (the adhesive to which the gold leaf is attached) is applied in thick relief.

The painting is likely to be an early work influenced by Vincenzo Foppa, then one of the most esteemed painters in Lombardy.

The name Bernardino can be read on the hem of the Virgin's mantle. Bernardino was the chief assistant to his brother Ambrogio Bergognone,on important projects in Lombardy in the 1490s. This work shows stylistic similarities with paintings executed by Ambrogio at the time of their collaboration at the Charterhouse of Pavia.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1455/60 - 1525
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Two Angels
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on wood
92.7 x 57.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1879
Inventory number
Location in Gallery