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Virgin and Child

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

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  • A work made of tempera or oil on panel.




Ercole de’ Roberti (attributed to)
Italian, 1455/56–1496

About this artwork

Ercole de’ Roberti worked in Bologna and, from 1486, in Ferrara, where he was associated with the brilliant court of the ruling Este family. Whereas his earlier works possess an almost frenzied emotional intensity, this late Virgin and Child is calmer, expressing a gentler melancholy. Roberti’s mannerisms are nevertheless evident in the exaggerated, slender fingers of the Virgin, which seem to barely hold the Christ Child, even as they press into his flesh.


On View, Gallery 204


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Ercole de'Roberti


Virgin and Child


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Tempera or oil on panel


52 × 35 cm (20 1/2 × 13 3/4 in.); Framed: 68 × 51.8 × 7 cm (26 3/4 × 20 3/8 × 2 3/4 in.)

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Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

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