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The Dream of Paris

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

1536

Artist:

Monogrammist PG
Germany, active c. 1525–50

About this artwork

With its half-length format and small size, this jewel-like painting was designed to foster private reflection on the biblical narrative and compassion for its characters. Such religious subjects—here, the adoration of the infant Jesus—adorned domestic spaces in the early 16th century, fueled by a rapid increase in private collecting. Although Cornelis Engebrechtsz. worked in the northern Netherlandish city of Leiden, he and his assistants likely made this work for sale in the more cosmopolitan southern provinces of the Spanish Netherlands, then the center of the emerging art market. Its design was copied in several paintings and in manuscript illuminations made in Bruges, a testament to the broad circulation of Engebrechtsz.’s works.

Status

On View, Gallery 207

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Matthias Gerung

Title

The Dream of Paris

Place

Germany (Artist's nationality)

Date

1495–1550

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Inscribed: PARIS / TRAM (on paper attached to central tree trunk),1 O.W. / 1536 / PG (or GP) in ligature (on central tree trunk)

Dimensions

49.1 × 32.8 cm (19 5/16 × 12 7/8 in.); Painted Surface: 48.4 × 32 cm (19 1/16 × 12 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

Reference Number

1940.935

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