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Attributed to Antonello da Messina (c. 1430 – February 1479) The Virgin and Child probably about 1460­70 Oil on wood, painted surface  43.2 x 34.3 cm National Gallery, London, UK
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Title: The Virgin and Child
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Attributed to Antonello da Messina (c. 1430 – February 1479)
The Virgin and Child
probably about 1460­70
Oil on wood, painted surface
43.2 x 34.3 cm
National Gallery, London, UK


The Virgin Mary is shown not only as the mother of Christ but as the Queen of Heaven, with two angels holding an ornate crown over her head. Christ holds a pomegranate, a symbol of the Passion.

Previously catalogued as by a follower of Antonello, The Virgin and Child was probably made in the 1460s when Antonello was working in Sicily (he is documented in Messina every year from 1460 to 1465). It probably served for private devotion. The attribution to the artist can be supported by comparing the geometric treatment of the features of the Virgin with the head of the Virgin in the documented S. Gregorio Altarpiece of 1473 (Messina, Museo Regionale).

Collection of George Salting by 1904; by whom bequeathed, 1910.


 

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