The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne

The Christ Child reaches across to his grandmother Saint Anne who has an open book in her lap. Saint Anne appears also to be offering him a fruit, which may be a symbol of his future sacrifice. On the right is a village scene, behind an open vista typical of Bruges landscape painting of the early 16th century.

The subject of the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne was popular in both Netherlandish painting and sculpture.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1512; died 1531
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne
Date made
possibly about 1520
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
40.9 × 30.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Mrs Joseph H. Green, 1880
Inventory number
NG1089
Location in Gallery