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Virgin and Child with an Angel

A light-skinned, blond Virgin Mary in blue holds a child, his arms reaching around her neck and face upturned toward hers. At left, an angel looks on.
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  • A light-skinned, blond Virgin Mary in blue holds a child, his arms reaching around her neck and face upturned toward hers. At left, an angel looks on.

Date:

1475/85

Artist:

Sandro Botticelli
Italian, 1444/45–1510

About this artwork

In this humanizing yet idealized depiction of the Virgin Mary embracing the baby Jesus, Sandro Botticelli conveys the sacred beauty of maternal love. Mary, expression soft and skin luminous, nuzzles her son’s chubby cheek as he grasps the nape of her neck. An angel, smaller in scale, looks on adoringly. Celebrated in his own time, Botticelli developed a distinctly sentimental and tactile style of painting for both religious and secular subjects.

Status

On View, Gallery 204

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Sandro Botticelli

Title

Virgin and Child with an Angel

Place

Italy (Object made in)

Date

1475–1485

Medium

Tempera on panel

Dimensions

33 3/4 × 23 1/4 in. (85.8 × 59.1 cm)

Credit Line

Max and Leola Epstein Collection

Reference Number

1954.283

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