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Virgin and Child and a Donor

Photo credit: The Courtauld

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The diptych was a popular format in the Netherlands for expressing devotion to the Virgin and Child. Here, Christ responds to the young man’s prayer with a gesture of benediction. In his other hand he holds cherries, symbolising heaven’s rewards. The continuous landscape background unifies the two parts of the diptych. Yet the parapet on which the donor leans indicates the demarcating line between him and the sacred figures he worships.

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

London


Date

c.1490–1500

Medium

oil on panel

Measurements

H 37.2 x W 27.2 cm;
H 37.1 x W 26.9 cm

Accession number

P.1947.LF.250

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Arthur Hamilton, Viscount Lee of Fareham, 1947

Work type

Painting


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The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

Somerset House, Strand, London, Greater London WC2R 0RN England

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