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The Virgin and Child
Francesco Morone
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The Virgin appears lost in thought as she firmly clutches her son to her. The infant Christ holds an apple in one hand, symbolising his role as the new Adam, born to redeem mankind from original sin after the Fall.

The painting is a fragment of an altarpiece, and has been cut down. The foreshortened arms of the Virgin’s throne suggest that it was originally placed quite high above the viewer, probably flanked by standing saints.The wood it is painted on was severely damaged by woodworm, which may explain why it was cut.

Morone was one of the leading painters in Verona in the early sixteenth century. The very rich, bright colours and the clear light which sharply illuminates every detail are typical of Veronese art of the period. The painting is a late work and probably dates from the 1520s.

Key facts
Artist Francesco Morone
Artist dates about 1471 - 1529
Full title The Virgin and Child
Date made probably 1520-9
Medium and support Tempera? on spruce
Dimensions 62.2 x 43.2 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1855
Inventory number NG285
Location in Gallery Room 57
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