Madonna and Child

Unknownabout 1520

The Nivaagaard Collection

The Nivaagaard Collection
Nivå, Denmark

A blessed Virgin Mary holds the sleeping Christ Child safely in her arms. Her head is turned slightly downwards, and she is wearing a black band over her forehead with a piece of pearl jewellery. A stone wall separates the two of them from an idyllic landscape in the background. Behind the wall, a woman is walking along a path towards a small village nestled between high hills and under a clear blue sky. The Holy Family therefore appears side by side with the profane reality that the artist is also a part of. What makes this painting very unusual is that the Christ Child is not depicted naked, but instead wearing a white shirt; a reference to his burial shroud. This distinguishes the scene from other Dutch Madonna paintings from the 16th Century.

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  • Title: Madonna and Child
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 1520
  • Physical Dimensions: 30 x 20 cm
  • Provenance: Acquired 1902
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: The Nivaagaard Collection: http://www.nivaagaard.dk/en/public-domain/
  • External Link: The Nivaagaard Collection
  • Medium: Oil on panel