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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.




Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden
Netherlandish, c. 1399-1464

About this artwork

Combining tenderness and regal authority, Rogier van der Weyden’s influential compositions of the Virgin and Child were repeated and varied by the master, his workshop, and by later Netherlandish painters. Here the Virgin supports the Child on a cushion that appears to rest on the edge of the picture’s frame, as though revealing the infant to the viewer through a window opening. Van der Weyden used elements such as the gems decorating the Virgin’s dress, her pearl-studded circlet, and the thronelike associations of the rich red velvet hanging behind her to characterize her as the queen of heaven. At the same time, by depicting her nurturing her infant, the artist emphasized Christ’s human nature and the Virgin’s role as an intercessor for mankind.


On View, Gallery 202


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden


Virgin and Child


Belgium (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel


38.4 × 28.3 cm (15 1/8 × 11 1/8 in.); Painted surface: 36.5 × 27 cm (14 3/8 × 10 5/8 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

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