Virgin and Child

Follower of Hans Memling Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 953

The infant Christ, resting in his mother’s arms, delicately raises a blossom in his left hand. Mary, dressed in a gem-edged blue robe with a red mantle, gazes serenely down at her son. The pair, framed by a fictive stone archway, are positioned as if to appear directly behind a carpet-covered ledge. This aperture device was commonly used by fifteenth-century Netherlandish painters like Hans Memling to establish a sense of connection between the viewer and the painted image. The composition of the Lehman picture is an amalgam of motifs found in Virgin and Child paintings by Memling, especially a painting now in Lisbon, and is also related to an engraving of the same subject by the Master FVB. However, despite its reliance on Memling prototypes, the Lehman Virgin and Child was probably created by an early sixteenth-century artist working in the master’s style.

Virgin and Child, Follower of Hans Memling (Netherlandish, Seligenstadt, active by 1465–died 1494 Bruges), Oil on oak panel, Netherlandish

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