Virgin Adoring the Child

Bartolomeo Montagna

Italian, c. 1450–1523

Virgin Adoring the Child

c. 1500

The infant Jesus sits on a corner of the Virgin Mary’s cloak, looking out at us solemnly and resting one hand on a book. His mother joins her hands in devotion, the thoughtful expression on her face suggesting knowledge of her son’s fate. The sacred status of the figures is indicated by the cloth of honor separating them from the background. Behind them is a rocky landscape, inspired perhaps by the mountains of northern Italy where the artist lived and worked.

Medium tempera and oil on panel
Dimensions 30 1/2 x 24 5/8 in. (77.5 x 62.5 cm)
Object Number 1955.944
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark before 1955
Status On View

Image Caption

Bartolomeo Montagna, Virgin Adoring the Child, c. 1500, tempera and oil on panel. Clark Art Institute, 1955.944