Van Dyck probably painted this work in Antwerp c.1632, but it shows the influence of his stay in Italy (1621-25). The pious, moist-eyed gaze of the Virgin, particularly reminiscent of Guido Reni, reflects the artist's own intense Catholic religiosity.

Originally the composition was more compact, but the Dulwich canvas has been extended by a foot at the top, to make the work a pendant to DPG81, Charity.


  • Title: The Madonna and Child
  • Date: c.1630-32
  • Physical Dimensions: w1165 x h1537 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Notes: Several versions known, inc. in Cambridge, Fitz. (see Murray).Ottley records a duplicate in the Earl of Stafford's collection in 1818.Engraved by Pontius, Finden, and Salvador.A copy by Edward Fancourt at Dulwich Castle, dated Dec. 1825.
  • Work Nationality: Flemish
  • Support: Canvas
  • Provenance: Imported into France by Gersaint, bef. 1750; Jullienne coll., bef. 1767; London, Noel Desenfans, 1786-1807: London, Christie's, Desenfans sale, 8ff Apr. 1786, lot 187; London, Desenfans private sale, 8ff Jun. 1786, lot 187 (both as 53 x 44 in.); London, Desenfans private sale, 13 Jul. 1786, lot 62. Bt ÔDebrun'; Paris, J. B. P. Lebrun sale, 11ff Apr. 1791, lot 90 (as 56 x 39 pouces, ex-Gersaint and ex-Jullienne). Withdrawn; London, Skinner and Dyke, Desenfans sale, 26 Feb. 1795, lot 96; 1804 Insurance List, no. 111; London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1807-1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Further Information: Many versions of this tender image of the Madonna and Child came out of Van Dyck’s studio, though this surely one of the finest. A variant, which differs principally in the angle of the Virgin's head, is in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Artist: van Dyck, Sir Anthony
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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