The Virgin bends a branch (probably an olive branch symbolic of peace) towards Jesus who touches one of its leaves. Similar in style to a painting of 1510 once in Dresden, this Virgin and Child was perhaps painted in Bergamo before the painter's style was altered by the influence of Lotto.


  • Title: The Virgin and Child with a Shoot of Olive
  • Creator: Andrea Previtali
  • Date Created: about 1515
  • Physical Dimensions: 50.2 x 66.5 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on wood
  • School: Italian (Bergamo)
  • More Info: Explore the National Gallery’s paintings online
  • Inventory number: NG2500
  • Artist Dates: about 1480 - 1528
  • Artist Biography: Andrea Previtali came from Bergamo, and was a pupil of Giovanni Bellini in Venice, from whom he borrowed various designs. He returned to Bergamo in about 1511, where he came under the influence of Lotto.
  • Acquisition Credit: Salting Bequest, 1910

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