MICHELANGELO Buonarroti
(b. 1475, Caprese, d. 1564, Roma)

Virgin and Child with St John and Angels

c. 1497
Egg tempera on panel, 105 x 77 cm
National Gallery, London

This unfinished painting, showing similarities to Michelangelo's earliest sculptures, is attributed to the young Michelangelo. It was nicknamed the 'Manchester Madonna' due to the excitement it caused in the city on its first visit in 1857. The painting caused a sensation because it had only recently been attributed to Michelangelo.