The Virgin and Child with Saints

The saint to the left of the Virgin is Saint John the Evangelist. To the right is Saint Nicholas of Bari, the 4th-century Archbishop of Myra, with the three golden spheres which he gave to three young women who could not afford a dowry. The Christ Child picks up one of these balls.The painting has been damaged and retouched, but may be an autograph work by Cima, probably from his late period.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1459/60 - about 1517/18
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saint John the Evangelist(?) and Saint Nicholas
Date made
about 1513-18
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
50.8 x 70.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
Location in Gallery