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This cluttered painting shows the haloed Virgin wearing a blue robe and seated on a bench before a hedge of roses. The Christ Child, also with a halo, is on her knee. Behind them are the heads of 11 attendant angels, all with feathered golden wings. The decorative use of gold leaf recalls early Italian primitive religious paintings and makes the image seem quite (intentionally) two-dimensional. Strudwick was an unsuccesssful pupil of the Royal Academy but became an assistant, first to Spencer Stanhope and then to Burne-Jones (in the 1870s), whose style he emulated.
oil, watercolour & gold leaf on panel
32 x 23 cm
purchased by G. Michael Trinick, 1972
National Trust, Lanhydrock
Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 5AD EnglandView venue
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