(active 1520-40 in Milan)
Madonna Suckling the Infant Christ1520s
Oil on poplar panel, 65 x 48 cm
This painting adopts one of the oldest iconographic images of the Virgin, the Virgo lactans, or nursing Madonna. Leonardo developed the motif in inventive drawings, as well as paintings, foremost among them the Madonna Litta. Giampietrino too was drawn to the theme of the child suckling at his mother's breast and it inspired him to paint it on more than one occasion at different moments in his career.
In the nineteenth century the painting was attributed to Leonardo da Vinci.