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Possibly by Andrea di Aloigi, The Virgin and Child

Key facts
Full title The Virgin and Child
Artist Possibly by Andrea di Aloigi
Artist dates active 1484 - 1501
Date made probably about 1490-1500
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 64.8 × 43.5 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Bought, 1886
Inventory number NG1220
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
The Virgin and Child
Possibly by Andrea di Aloigi

The Virgin Mary sits in front of a parapet, gazing tenderly at the Christ Child on her lap. Behind her is a cloth of honour, of the kind which was hung behind royalty. The plump infant turns his head away from his mother to look at something outside the picture.

Christ’s position is curious: it’s not clear what he’s looking at or whether he was meant to be holding something. The picture might have been a reduced version of a larger composition. The inscription ‘A.A.P.’ on the parapet perhaps stands for Andrea di Aloigi, known as L‘Ingegno (’The Talented'), a pupil of Perugino.

Behind the parapet is a landscape dotted with late-medieval buildings. Such landscapes, which look more like northern Europe than Italy, were derived from Netherlandish painting, in particular the work of Hans Memling, which was much revered in Renaissance Italy.

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