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The Virgin and Child, ca. 1520

  • oil paint, panel
  • 17.7 x 12 cm
  • Inv. 1957-AC

Public Domain

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The Master’s panel portraying the legend of St Mary Magdalene was intended for a living room or bedroom. As in the four-lobed medallion, the panel and frame are carved out of a single piece of oak. A great many devotional works like this were produced and put on the market in the fifteenth century. The artists who painted them often used existing compositions. The one we see here is taken from Rogier van der Weyden.


Master of the Magdalen Legend RKD
Brussels 1490 - 1526
attributed to

Master of William of Bibaut
werkzaam eind 15de eeuw – begin 16de eeuw 1475 - 1525
attributed to

Title The Virgin and Child
Date ca. 1520
Period 16th century
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1957-AC
Acquisition credit gift
The Friends of the Museum
Current whereabouts Work on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11F4 Madonna: i.e. Mary with the Christ-child Iconclass
11F41 Madonna: Mary standing (or half-length), Christ-child close to her bosom Iconclass
11F726 Christ-child suckling, or beginning to suckle, e.g. Mary uncovering her breast ~ Madonna-representations Iconclass
31A7211 virginity Iconclass
41A7221 cushion Iconclass
41D2211 veil Iconclass
57A77 Friendliness, Gentleness, Affability; 'Affabilita, piacevolezza, amabilita', 'Animo piacevole, trattabile amorevole', 'Benignita' (Ripa) Iconclass
73 New Testament Iconclass
School / Style Early Netherlandish AAT
Oude Meesters uit het Museum voor schone Kunsten Gent in de crypte van de Sint-Baafskathedraal. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2004 (s.p., cat. 28)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. I, p. 126-127 (ill.))
De erfenis van Rogier van der Weyden : De schilderkunst in Brussel 1450-1520 (tentoonstelling Brussel, KMSKB, 12.10.2013 - 26.01.2014) / Véronique Bücken, Griet Steyaert, Lorne Campbell, Catherine Reynolds, Catheline Perier-D'Ieteren, Didier Martens. - Brussel : Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België (Brussel), 2013 ; Tielt : Uitgeverij Lannoo, 2013
onder vrienden : 225 jaar verzamelaars rond het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent (tentoonstelling Gent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 25.11.2023 - 28.04.2024) / Johan De Smet, Frederica Van Dam, Willy Van der Gucht, Manfred Sellink. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2023 ; Gent : De Vrienden van het Museum, 2023 (p. 48, cat. 57 (ill.))
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