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Virgin Adoring the Christ Child with the Young St. John the Baptist  1493

by Jacopo da Sellaio

Against a lush landscape of grassy hills and rocky cliffs, the Virgin kneels absorbed in prayer before the Christ Child. Surrounded by rays of light, the child lies on the hem of her mantle and clasps a goldfinch between his hands. The goldfinch is a common allusion to Christ’s Passion due to a popular legend claiming the bird plucked a thorn from his crown at the Crucifix...
H: 37 x W: 25 3/16 x D: 1/2 in. (94 x 63.9 x 1.2 cm)
oil on wood panel
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum