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Giovanni Francesco da Rimini, The Virgin and Child with Two Angels

Key facts
Full title The Virgin and Child with Two Angels
Artist Giovanni Francesco da Rimini
Artist dates active 1441; died 1470 or earlier
Date made 1461
Medium and support Tempera on wood
Dimensions 64.8 × 47 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Presented by George Salting, 1907
Inventory number NG2118
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
The Virgin and Child with Two Angels
Giovanni Francesco da Rimini

The naked Christ Child stands on a marble ledge, his toes poking forwards over its edge. He looks up adoringly at his mother, the Virgin Mary, and tenderly grasps her thumb with one hand.

The Virgin herself, a rather cool blonde with pale grey, unfocused eyes and a long nose, stands in a strangely claustrophobic classical space. She is framed by an arch, which rises from two columns standing on the parapet. Behind her is a curved stone wall; two haloed heads, presumably angels, peer over it.

The artist, Giovanni Francesco da Rimini, inscribed his name in Latin and the date, 1461, on the front of the marble parapet. He worked in Padua among other places, and was heavily influenced by the painter Squarcione, who ran a painting school there.

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