The Virgin and Child with Saint John

This is an early work, from about 1510. It reveals the influence of Leonardo's 'Virgin of the Rocks' in its solemn but smiling faces and its dark setting.

Another version is in the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, Mass.). The different flowers in the foreground (including lupin, dandelion, columbine, wheat and violet) probably have symbolic significance.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1480 - 1532
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saint John
Date made
probably late 1510s
Medium and support
Oil on poplar
88.3 x 66 cm
Acquisition credit
Mond Bequest, 1924
Inventory number
Location in Gallery