Virgin and Child

Workshop of Gerard David Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 953

The infant Christ embraces his mother as the pair touch cheeks in an intimate expression of familial love. This panel may have been part of a devotional diptych, perhaps paired with an image of a donor figure or Christ Taking Leave of His Mother. Such a small picture would be easily transportable for devotional practice during travel. The painting was likely produced in the workshop of the Bruges-based artist Gerard David (ca. 1455-1523). In the early sixteenth century David tailored his creative output to meet the growing demands of the open market, creating series of images in a streamlined fashion with the participation of assistants and apprentices. It is in this context that the Virgin and Child belongs.

Virgin and Child, Workshop of Gerard David (Netherlandish, Oudewater ca. 1455–1523 Bruges), Oil on oak panel, Netherlandish

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