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Workshop of Sandro Botticelli, The Virgin and Child

Key facts
Full title The Virgin and Child
Artist Workshop of Sandro Botticelli
Artist dates about 1445 - 1510
Date made probably about 1475-1500
Medium and support Tempera on wood
Dimensions 83.2 × 64.8 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1867
Inventory number NG782
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
The Virgin and Child
Workshop of Sandro Botticelli

The Virgin Mary sits in the corner of a simple room, the Christ Child on her lap. She holds him gently with both hands as he presses his cheek to hers and reaches for her breast. The gauzy shirt he wears contrasts with the layers of veils and garments covering his mother.

Light streaming through the open window casts a shadow on the wall behind the Virgin, which seems to be made of the grey sandstone known as pietra serena that was often used as a building material in Renaissance Florence.

Outside, two slender intertwined trees echo the tender embrace of Virgin and Christ Child. A river lined with bushy trees flows through the hilly landscape and past a small town that is surrounded by a crenellated wall.

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