European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Virgin Teaching the Christ Child to ReadMade in Italy, Europe
Pinturicchio (Bernardino di Betto), Italian (active central Italy), 1454 - 1513
Oil and gold on panel
Inv. 1336John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelTales of the Virgin teaching her son to read come from the very popular thirteenth-century text Meditations on the Life of Christ, which narrated many incidents not found in the Bible. The two appear here in the foreground of a landscape in which two other scenes are shown: on the left the Holy Family's flight into Egypt, and on the right the young John the Baptist's retreat into the wilderness.
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