The Virgin and Child

This picture was probably made in Venice in about 1505. The bird held by the infant Christ is a linnet. It was perhaps intended as an emblem of the Passion of Christ, although the bird generally employed for this purpose was a goldfinch.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1459/60 - about 1517/18
Full title
The Virgin and Child
Date made
about 1505
Medium and support
Oil and egg on poplar
Dimensions
53.3 x 43.8 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
NG634
Location in Gallery