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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.




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.


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Jean de Gourmont


The Virgin Seated on an Altar


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1520–1540


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Sheet, trimmed within platemark: 8.1 × 7.9 cm (3 1/4 × 3 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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