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The Virgin and Child
Workshop of Andrea Solario
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The infant Christ embraces the Virgin in a pose that very closely resembles – and is probably based on the design for – that in Raphael’s so-called ‘Mackintosh Madonna’, which is also in the National Gallery’s collection. This picture may have been made in Solario’s workshop, or might be a copy of one of his works. Paintings by Solario himself are of a higher quality, though the landscape background – a broad valley leading to distant snowy mountains, here framed by a square stone opening – is characteristic of his work.

On the right, in the wooded part of the countryside, two men greet each other politely as their paths cross; one has been riding, the other walking with his dog. Further down, near the bottom ledge, we see a single white lily, a symbol of the Virgin’s purity.

Key facts
Artist Workshop of Andrea Solario
Artist dates about 1465 - 1524
Full title The Virgin and Child
Date made early 16th century
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 61 x 46.4 cm
Acquisition credit Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number NG2504
Location in Gallery Not on display
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