'The Virgin and Child with a Saint', Bartolomeo Montagna, c.1483-99

The Virgin Mary in blue holds Jesus as a baby

Panel, 37.8 x 36.5cm
Accession Number WAG9375

Montagna was greatly influenced by Venetian artists such as Giovanni Bellini. He did much of his work in Vicenza and Verona.

The saint 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.

Purchased with the help of the Art Fund.