The Virgin and Child

A studio piece usually dated to the 1490s. The crisp white drapery of the Virgin with its compelling plasticity, looking as if it were starched, and its relative lack of response to the forms covered was characteristic of Bellini (see, for example, the draperies in his 'Circumcision', also in the Collection).

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1459; died 1516
Full title
The Virgin and Child
Date made
about 1490-1500
Medium and support
Oil and tempera on wood
80 x 64.8 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
Location in Gallery