Virgin and Child

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Province of Brabant or Mechelen, Belgium
Virgin and Child, early 16th century
Polychromed and gilded walnut
16 3/4 × 6 1/4 × 3 1/2 in. (42.55 × 15.88 × 8.89 cm)
Gift of Richard and Erna Flagg M1991.54
Photo credit: John Nienhuis
Currently on View

In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Malines, Brabant (now Mechelen, Belgium), where this work was made, was an important center for the production of polychromed wood sculptures. The rosy-cheeked Virgin stands on a crescent moon that symbolizes her chastity and identifies her as the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. Nestled in his Mother, the Christ Child presents an open book that denotes the word of God.

Publication History
Winters, Laurie et al., A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1999, p. 116, cat. 54, color illus. p. 117.

Bier, Senta Dietzel. Gallery of the Public Library of Winton-Salem and Forsyth County. Collectors' Opportunity. Winston-Salem, North Carolina" Gallery of the Public Library, 1963, p. 40.

Falke, Otto von. Die Kunstsammlung von Pannwitz. vol. 2. Munich, 1925, no. 128. (as early as 16th century, Rhineland)
Exhibition History
A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama, April 17–June 14, 1988; The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, August 1–November 1, 1998; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, December 11, 1998–March 14, 1999; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 29–June 20, 1999; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee, July 11–September 12, 1999; Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Standford, California, October 12, 1999–January 2, 2000.

Collectors' Opportunity, Gallery of the Public Library of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, 1963.


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