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The Virgin Seated on an Altar

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

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

Date:

1520/40

Artist:

Jean de Gourmont
French, 1506-1551

About this artwork

Here the Virgin and Child—sitting atop a classical altar turned into a Christian throne—preside over an audience of awed shepherds. A luxuriously patterned cloth of honor with tassels softens the rigid architecture, spilling forward down the steps to the rapt audience.

Status

On View, Gallery 238

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Jean de Gourmont

Title

The Virgin Seated on an Altar

Origin

France

Date

Made 1520–1540

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

81 × 79 mm (sheet, trimmed within platemark)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.1059

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