The Madonna and Child by Sandro Botticelli

The Madonna is seated, looking downward to the standing Child with a landscape view in the background seen through a simple arch.


Tempera on panel
84 x 57 cm
Art Fund grant:
£400 ( Total: £400)
Acquired in:

The design is one which is known in several workshop replicas and the type of the Virgin's head seems to reflect a lost Botticelli of about the years 1485-1490. Though not by any pupil of Botticelli's who can be identified, the picture is a remarkably fresh and attractive example of Tuscan painting in the later 15th century and was once owned by John Ruskin, a great admirer of Botticelli.


Collection of John Ruskin.

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