The Virgin and Child with Musical Angels

Infra-red photographs reveal highly methodical and elaborate underdrawings, with areas of cross-hatching more characteristic of an engraving.

The flowers in the painting are symbolic. On the left grows a columbine, so called because of its appearance (like a dove), which alludes to the Holy Ghost. It generally has seven blooms, which conveniently refer to the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1470 to about 1510
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Musical Angels
Date made
about 1485-1500
Medium and support
Oil on oak
52 x 38 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1985
Inventory number
Location in Gallery