Virgin and Child

A work made of engraving in black on buff laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on buff laid paper.

Date:

1485/91

Artist:

Andrea Mantegna
Italian, 1431-1506

About this artwork

The painter Andrea Mantegna’s engravings have been at the center of much art-historical controversy. Existing documents suggest that he commissioned other artists to engrave some of his prints for him, and that other engravings may have been made from Mantegna drawings. This monumental image of the humble Virgin Mary huddled with the infant Christ on the ground is one of the closest to Mantegna's engraving style. Whether or not he engraved it himself, the powerful diagonal strokes, the expressive features of the figures, and the Madonna's sculptural drapery proclaim the work's master.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Andrea Mantegna

Title

Virgin and Child

Origin

Italy

Date

1485–1491

Medium

Engraving in black on buff laid paper

Dimensions

228 x 235 mm (image before remargining); 265 x 250 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles Netcher in memory of Charles Netcher II

Reference Number

1933.800

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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