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The Virgin and Child with Saint John
Davide Ghirlandaio

This painting by Davide Ghirlandaio, brother of the more famous Domenico, must date from the 1490s. The surface is badly worn in parts, especially in the face of Saint John.

Underdrawing is now partly visible and reveals that the artist first planned to depict the Virgin's right hand on Christ's right leg.

The buildings in the distance are based on notable monuments in Rome and include the Pantheon, the Colosseum, and the Arch of Constantine.

Key facts
Artist Davide Ghirlandaio
Artist dates 1452 - 1525
Full title The Virgin and Child with Saint John
Date made probably about 1490-1500
Medium and support Tempera on wood
Dimensions 78.8 x 46.5 cm
Acquisition credit Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number NG2502
Location in Gallery Room 59
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