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Liberale da Verona, The Virgin and Child with Two Angels

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Full title The Virgin and Child with Two Angels
Artist Liberale da Verona
Artist dates about 1445 - 1527/9
Date made probably about 1490-1510
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 61 × 45.1 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1883
Inventory number NG1134
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
The Virgin and Child with Two Angels
Liberale da Verona

The Virgin Mary stands or sits by an open window through which we can see a distant landscape. The Christ Child is cradled in her arms – he has the fingers of one hand in his mouth and clutches at his mother’s veil, which wraps around him, with the other. Two angels peer over the Virgin’s shoulder at the child: the one in the foreground holds a thistle, which was understood as a symbol of the Passion (Christ’s torture and crucifixion) on account of its thorns.

This small-scale painting was made for private devotion, and is usually accepted as a late work by Liberale da Verona, made after his return to his native city in 1492 or thereabouts.

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