The Virgin and Child with Saint John

Antonio Solarioperhaps about 1500-10

The National Gallery, London

The National Gallery, London

The Virgin and Child and the young Saint John the Baptist are seen in a domestic interior. Saint John holds a reed cross and a scroll inscribed with words from his Gospel (New Testament, John 1: 29 and 36). The Christ Child holds a bird on a string.

The painting demonstrates Solario's Venetian training and is probably an early work.

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  • Title: The Virgin and Child with Saint John
  • Creator: Antonio de Solario
  • Date Created: perhaps about 1500-10
  • Physical Dimensions: 36.5 x 29.8 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas, transferred from wood
  • School: Italian
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  • Inventory number: NG2503
  • Artist Dates: probably active 1502 - 1518
  • Artist Biography: Antonio de Solario probably trained in Venice. In his signatures he calls himself a Venetian but he is first certainly recorded in 1502 in Fermo. He probably worked in the region of the Marches (east central Italy) for several years. He may have visited England. He was known as Lo Zingaro ('the gypsy').
  • Acquisition Credit: Salting Bequest, 1910