Francesco Bonsignori

The Virgin and Child Enthroned

About this artwork

The monumental Virgin is seated on a cushion on a marble throne, with the Christ Child standing on her lap and embracing her neck. Both figures have thoughtful, melancholic expressions, as if contemplating Christ’s momentous fate. The figure types, elaborately folded drapery and hard marble surfaces of the interior all show the strong influence of Andrea Mantegna. A native of Verona, Bonsignori was employed at the Gonzaga court in Mantua, where Mantegna was the dominant artist at that time.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Francesco BonsignoriItalian (about 1460 - 1519)
  • title:
    The Virgin and Child Enthroned
  • date created:
    About 1490 - 1500
  • materials:
    Distemper or egg tempera on canvas
  • measurements:
    130.00 x 76.00 cm (framed: 156.50 x 104.80 x 10.50 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Collection of The Earl of Wemyss and March on long term loan to the National Galleries of Scotland, 2014
  • accession number:
    NGL 002.14
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Francesco Bonsignori

Francesco Bonsignori