About this artwork

This drawing was previously considered severely rubbed and thought to have been strengthened by a later hand. The slightly unusual appearance of the handling in fact results from clarifications that were made by Farinati himself. While his original brush and wash drawing was still damp, he reinforced the contours using either black chalk or charcoal. This resulted in the heavily outlined and brightly highlighted figures seen here.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    The Virgin and Child
  • date created:
    1560 - 1580
  • materials:
    Black chalk and brown wash, heightened with white on blue paper
  • measurements:
    23.70 x 43.50 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy transferred 1910
  • accession number:
    D 749
  • gallery:
    View by Appointment
  • depicted:
  • subject:
Does this text contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? Tell us what you think.

Paolo Farinati

Paolo Farinati