This painting is unfinished. Christ is seen indicating a passage in the book held by the Virgin which one pair of angels contemplates. The others study a scroll, perhaps given to them by John the Baptist. The book and scroll may carry prophecies of Christ's future sacrifice. The draperies and the rock plinth are very similar to Michelangelo's earliest sculptures.
1475 - 1564
The Virgin and Child with Saint John and Angels ('The Manchester Madonna')
about 1497, possibly as early as 1494
Medium and support
Tempera on wood
104.5 x 77 cm
Location in Gallery