Skip to main content

Italian, North, The Virgin and Child with Roses and Laurels

Key facts
Full title The Virgin and Child with Roses and Laurels ('La Vierge aux Lauriers')
Artist Italian, North
Date made about 1510-20
Medium and support Oil on canvas, transferred from wood
Dimensions 90.7 × 72.3 cm
Acquisition credit Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number NG2495
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
The Virgin and Child with Roses and Laurels
Italian, North

The Virgin Mary sits on a stone bench and holds the infant Christ on a cushion on her lap. She may have just lifted him and the cushion from the low wall in front of her.

The flowers of the rose bush behind Christ are associated with purity and suffering, and are intended to remind us of Christ’s sacrifice for humanity. The laurel bush behind the Virgin is a symbol of distinction and acts as a halo behind her head. The identity of the other shrub behind her is not clear; it probably has an additional meaning relating to the Virgin.

This picture, which was once very famous, was formerly believed to be by Giorgione, Moretto da Brescia or Palma Vecchio. Unfortunately it is so damaged and has been so extensively overpainted over the years that it is now very difficult to tell who it is by.

Download image
Download low-resolution image

Download a low-resolution copy of this image for personal use.

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.

Download low-resolution image

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

Creative Commons Logo