The Virgin and Child with Saints Jerome, Peter, Francis and an Unidentified Female Saint about 1505

On Display Scottish National Gallery

The Christ Child leans over to study a scroll held by the elderly St Jerome, on which Lotto has playfully signed his name (in its Latin form: LOTVS). The stiffness of the child's pose is echoed in the angular folds of Mary's draperies. She acknowledges St Francis with her raised hand. A cloth of honour stretches across the painting separating the foreground group (which also includes St Peter and a female saint) from the landscape behind. The woodcutters felling a tree allude to the wood of the cross and therefore to Christ's Passion. This is an early work, painted by Lotto in about 1505.


  • Acc. No. NG 2418
  • Medium Oil on canvas, transferred from panel
  • Size Painted area: 80.50 x 102.50 cm; 82.50 x 105.00 cm (framed: 110 x 134.5 x 12.5cm)
  • Credit Purchased by Private Treaty with the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund 1984