The Virgin and Child with a Saint

Bartolomeo Montagna,

WAG 9375

About this object

The saint in this work has been tentatively identified as St John the Baptist, although it is unusual to depict an adult St John paying homage in this way to a Christ Child.

It has been suggested that the bearded figure was Francesco Gonzaga, the husband of Isabella d'Este, ruler of Mantua and patron of the arts in Renaissance Italy. However, the halo above the figure is original to the painting, not a later addition.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    The Virgin and Child with a Donor
  • Artist(s)
    Bartolomeo Montagna (Italian, born:1450 about, died:1523-10-11)
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  • Materials
    Oil; Panel
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 37.8 cm x 36.6 cm
  • Physical description
    The Virgin Mary with halo and wearing blue cloak looks downwards as she holds a naked baby Christ whose toes are being kissed by a brown-bearded man. The background landscape has a craggy mountainous arch on the top of which is a church (to our right) and to our left a wooded river/lake.
  • Related people
    The ACE / V&A Purchase Grant Fund (Part funder) ; Bartolomeo Montagna (Artist/maker) ; The Pilgrims Trust (Part funder)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 9375
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery with the assistance of the Art Fund, V&A Purchase Grant Fund, Pilgrim Trust, Special Appeal Fund and the Mayor Bequest in 1978
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 02
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: HAB / F / 107 / E HAB / F / 107
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  • Inscription text: Agnew's London No 41457
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  • Inscription text: New Gallery Venetian Art 1894-5 lent by Miss Henriette Her(z) as by Montagna
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  • Inscription text: Royal Academy of Arts Winter 1960 Italian Art and Britain No.122 lent by Sir Thomas Merton
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Object view = Fine Art
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