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:

c. 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 achieved a sophisticated fusion of Renaissance vocabulary and traditional Netherlandish style and form. In this painting, the Virgin’s classicizing draperies and the child’s athletic figure show Gossart’s command of the new Renaissance style. The Virgin presents the Child so that his glance and blessing gesture are directed beyond the picture to the right. This suggests that the panel was once paired with another depicting a donor in prayer, with which it would have formed a portable folding altarpiece. Earlier Netherlandish painters had favored this format of paired, hinged panels, now called a diptych.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 207

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

Extended information about this artwork

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