Sandro Botticelli
Workshop of

The Christ Child and the Infant John the Baptist

c. 1490
... have pictures of saintly children or young virgins in the home, in which your child, still in swaddling clothes, may take delight … Cardinal Giovanni Dominici, On the Education of Children c. 1410 The innocent play of the two boys was intended as a model for the young children whose parents Dominici advised. Botticelli rejected overt symbolism: John once offered Jesus a rose – symbol of his suffering and death – but the artist later erased it; a faint trace remains. Only Jesus’ strange disengagement may suggest his destiny. While the subtle concept was Botticelli’s, he delegated its execution to his workshop.
Artist
Workshop of
Title
The Christ Child and the Infant John the Baptist
Date
c. 1490
Medium
Painting
Materials
egg tempera on poplar
Dimensions
39.1 x 29.2 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1927
Accession number
3524