Virgin and Child

Workshop of Dieric Bouts Netherlandish

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The half-length breastfeeding Virgin, or the Maria lactans, was one of the most popular themes for paintings of the Burgundian Netherlands. The composition of the painting derives partly from Dieric Bouts’s Virgin and Child in the National Gallery, London, combined with features originating in Rogier van der Weyden’s paintings. Technical studies suggest that this painting was made by an assistant in the Bouts workshop, thereby attesting to the enterprise of a thriving studio responding to the popular demand for this type of devotional image.

Virgin and Child, Workshop of Dieric Bouts (Netherlandish, Haarlem, active by 1457–died 1475), Oil on wood

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