The Virgin and Child with Two Angels

Round paintings (tondi) were popular in Renaissance Florence. This one has a precariously balanced composition - appropriate for the subject of Christ falling asleep in his mother's arms. The Child, who is partly supported by the Virgin's book, seems to have been sent to sleep by the angel musicians, who now pause in their playing, having successfully completed their task.

Key facts

Artist dates
living 1479?; died 1527?
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Two Angels
Date made
about 1500-1510
Medium and support
Tempera on canvas, transferred from wood
84.5 x 84.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Sir Henry Bernhard Samuelson in memory of his father, 1937
Inventory number
Location in Gallery