Skip to main content
The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne
Gerolamo dai Libri
/

This is the central panel from a three-panel altarpiece for S. Maria della Scala, Verona. The flanking panel of Saint Roch by Paolo Morando is also in the National Gallery’s collection, but the other flanking panel of Saint Sebastian by Francesco di Marco India Torbido is missing. It is quite unusual for each of the three panels of a triptych to be painted by a different artist. The commission for this work was connected with an outbreak of plague in Verona from 1510 to 1512. Roch and Sebastian are both saints invoked against plague.

The Virgin Mary, Christ Child and Saint Anne are in an enclosed rose garden, symbolic of the Virgin’s purity. They are sitting on each other’s laps beneath a lemon tree, emphasising that this is the generational family tree of Christ. The dead dragon at the feet of the Virgin and the olive branch held by Christ symbolise his victory over the devil but may also refer to the ending of the 1516 siege of Verona.

Key facts
Artist Gerolamo dai Libri
Artist dates about 1474 - 1555?
Full title The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne
Series Panels from an Altarpiece, S.Maria della Scala, Verona
Date made 1510-18
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 158.1 x 94 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Bought, 1864
Inventory number NG748
Location in Gallery Not on display
Download image
Download low-resolution image

Download an 800px wide, 72dpi copy of this image.

License this image

License and download a high resolution image for reproductions up to A3 size from the National Gallery Picture Library.

License image
Download low resolution image

This image is licensed for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons agreement.

Examples of non-commercial use are:

  • Research, private study, or for internal circulation within an educational organisation (such as a school, college or university)
  • Non-profit publications, personal websites, blogs, and social media

The image file is 800 pixels on the longest side.

As a charity, we depend upon the generosity of individuals to ensure the collection continues to engage and inspire. Help keep us free by making a donation today.

Yes, I'd like to donate
Or
Download low resolution image

You must agree to the Creative Commons terms and conditions to download this image.

Creative Commons Logo

Panels from an Altarpiece, S.Maria della Scala, Verona

/

These are two panels from a three-panel altarpiece for S. Maria della Scala, Verona. The central panel of the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne by Gerolamo dai Libri and the flanking panel of Saint Roch by Paolo Morando are both in the National Gallery’s collection, but the other flanking panel of Saint Sebastian by Francesco di Marco India Torbido is missing. It is quite unusual for each of the three panels of a triptych to be painted by a different artist.

The commission for this work was connected with an outbreak of plague in Verona from 1510 to 1512. Roch and Sebastian are both saints invoked against plague. In the central panel, the dead dragon at the feet of the Virgin and the olive branch held by the Christ Child symbolise his triumph over the devil but may also refer to the ending of the 1516 siege of Verona.

;