The Virgin and Child with Saints

The Virgin and Child are seated at the entrance to a walled garden, frequently a symbol of the Virgin's purity. On the right, Saint Catherine of Alexandria and, further off, the seated figure of Saint Agatha with another female saint. Through a distant archway Saint Joseph enters the garden.

The painting has been cut down at the top and on the left, and may once have formed part of a small altarpiece.

The artist was an Italian who worked in Spain, for much of the time in Valencia, and was considerably influenced by the Spanish taste for Netherlandish painting.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1472 to 1520
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saints
Date made
about 1495
Medium and support
Oil on oak
43.5 x 23.3 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1935
Inventory number
Location in Gallery