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Francesco Tacconi, The Virgin and Child

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Full title The Virgin and Child
Artist Francesco Tacconi
Artist dates active about 1458 - about 1500
Date made 1489
Medium and support Oil on lime
Dimensions 99.7 × 52.7 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Bought, 1855
Inventory number NG286
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
The Virgin and Child
Francesco Tacconi

A monumental Virgin Mary sits on a stone pedestal. The Christ Child, a solid toddler, is perched on her raised knee, his left hand resting tenderly in the curve of her left thumb and forefinger. He clutches at his mother’s veil; she cups the fingers of her right hand around his naked leg to support him. Mary looks down sadly to one side, as if contemplating the destiny of her son.

This painting is a copy of a lost work by Giovanni Bellini, perhaps painted for the Chiesa degli Scalzi in Venice. It is signed and dated in Latin by the Cremonese painter Francesco Tacconi.

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