The Virgin and Child

This painting displays the influence of Leonardo da Vinci, in whose Milanese studio Boltraffio was working by 1491. Among the decorative motifs picked out in gold on the cloth of honour are the inscriptions 'AVE' and 'MA


' (Hail Mary). Both the Virgin and the Christ Child poised to suckle at her breast look down, suggesting that the painting may be a fragment of an altarpiece which hung quite high up.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1467 - 1516
Full title
The Virgin and Child
Date made
probably about 1493-9
Medium and support
Oil on walnut
92.7 x 67.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1863
Inventory number
Location in Gallery