Sculptor Janez Vurnik Jr. learned his art in his father’s workshop. In 1877 and 1878 he worked for the sculptor Carl Steinhäuser in Laas, Tyrol, where he trained mainly in working with marble. After his father’s death in 1889, he took over his large stonemason’s workshop. The workshop produced church furnishings, altars, church sculptures and tabernacles, mostly in the neo-Renaissance style. Among others, the workshop furnished churches in Bled, Brezje, Ljubno, Črnomelj, Gozd pri Kamnik, Ljubno ob Savinji, Nazarje, Nova Štifta pri Gornji Grad, Palčje pri Pivka, Radovljica, Ribno pri Bled, Trnje pri Pivka, Škofja Loka and Brezje pri Mošnje.
Madonna and Child was created during Vurnik’s training with the sculptor Steinhäuser in Laas and is made of Tyrolean marble. The triangular composition reproduces Renaissance stylistic elements.