Lombard painter of 16th century - inv. 1642
In this panel originally for private devotion, the Virgin is holding the Child on her knee. With one hand he awkwardly grasps her breast, while making the sign of the blessing with the other. The scene is set outdoors and a wide open landscape unfolds behind them. The Virgin is holding a sprig of jasmine in her left hand, her specific attribute.
The work was restored in 1983. It shows numerous reworkings both in the sky, along the edges and in the Virgin’s face. Close examination shows minute crackling that reveals a base ground of a pearly hue.
Acquired for the Museum by the first director Giuseppe Bertini as a work by Boltraffio, it was long considered to be by the so-called Pseudo Boltraffio.