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Virgin Teaching the Christ Child to Read

Pinturicchio (Bernardino di Betto), Italian (active central Italy), 1454 - 1513

Made in Rome, Italy, Europe

c. 1494-1497

Oil and gold on panel

24 1/8 x 16 1/2 inches (61.3 x 41.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 351, European Art 1500-1850, third floor

Accession Number:
Inv. 1336

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Tales 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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