The Virgin and Child are flanked by an angel and Saint John the Baptist. Saint John the Baptist presents his younger cousin, Christ, with an emblem of Christ's future sacrifice, in this case, as is usual, a wooden cross and, as is very unusual, a lemon which is sometimes said to allude to the weaning of Christ.


  • Title: The Virgin and Child with the Baptist and an Angel
  • Creator: Paolo Morando
  • Date Created: probably about 1514-18
  • Physical Dimensions: 75.6 x 64.8 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • School: Italian (Veronese)
  • More Info: Explore the National Gallery’s paintings online
  • Inventory number: NG777
  • Full Title: The Virgin and Child, Saint John the Baptist and an Angel
  • Artist Dates: about 1486/8 - 1522
  • Artist Biography: Morando's training probably took place in Verona with Francesco Bonsignori and Francesco Morone. Morando is sometimes called Cavazzola.
  • Acquisition Credit: Bought, 1867

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