The Virgin and Child sit serenely in the sunlit landscape of northern Italy and gaze out at us placidly. She tenderly cradles his foot while he holds her girdle. Only the marble bench on which they sit hints at his future, in its echo of an altar table.
The painter, Cima da Conegliano, signed his name on the marble parapet at the front. This was one of his trademark compositions and was repeated in a number of other paintings by him and his workshop, including some in reverse. It is generally similar to two other paintings by him, both in the National Gallery’s collection and both given the same name: The Virgin and Child (NG300) and The Virgin and Child (NG364).
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