In an enclosed garden with luxuriant vegetation, Mary with the Christ Child stands in front of a richly brocaded fabric held up by two angels. Mother and child display their affection for each other: Christ is caressing Mary's neck with his right hand, while she looks lovingly at him. It was in Mary that the faithful in late mediaeval times sought refuge, as a child does with its mother. Between approximately 1516/1523, this gem was probably in the possession of Margaret of Austria. In 1838, van Ertborn bought it from the priest of the village of Dikkelvenne.


  • Title: Madonna at the Fountain
  • Creator: Jan van Eyck
  • Location: (Maaseik ca.1390 - Bruges 1441)

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