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Virgin and Child

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

about 1520

Artist:

Jan Gossart
Netherlandish, c. 1478–1532

About this artwork

The first Netherlandish painter known to have studied Classical sculpture in Rome, Jan Gossart here fused the vocabulary of the Italian Renaissance with a traditional Netherlandish diptych (two-panel) format. The Virgin Mary’s draperies and the child’s athletic figure show Gossart’s command of the new Renaissance style perfected by Italian artists Michelangelo and Raphael. The glance and blessing gesture of the infant Jesus are directed beyond the picture to the right, suggesting that the panel was once joined by another depicting a donor in prayer. Earlier Netherlandish patrons favored this construction of paired, hinged panels for portable altarpieces.

Status

On View, Gallery 207

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Jan Gossart

Title

Virgin and Child

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1515–1525

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

21 × 15 7/8 in. (53.4 × 40.2 cm)

Credit Line

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

Reference Number

1957.47

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