collection
tempera : 8,5 cm x 6,1 cm
1924-D

The miniature painting by Simon Bening portrays the Virgin Mary lovingly holding the Infant Jesus in her arms. The Child snuggles affectionately up to his mother and caresses her chin. This type of picture of the Virgin and Child, and also the gold background, hark back to Italian-Byzantine examples. It is not known whether the miniature was cut out of a book or intended as a separate devotional work.