The Virgin and Child Enthroned

Master of James IV of Scotlandabout 1510 - 1520

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Virgin Mary, crowned as queen of heaven, sits below a canopy that bears the inscription in Latin, "Hail queen, merciful virgin." She holds a chubby-cheeked Christ child, who reaches back to grab her long, flowing hair. A group of elegantly dressed saints, at left, and a group of angels, at right, adore the child. The illuminator has placed the scene within an illusionistic frame that resembles the carved wooden frames of late medieval altarpieces. It harmonizes with the frame of the miniature showing the Tree of Jesse on the facing page. The text, the opening of a prayer service in honor of the Virgin, appears as if on a hinged panel in front of the scene.

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  • Title: The Virgin and Child Enthroned
  • Date Created: about 1510 - 1520
  • Location Created: Bruges, Belgium
  • Physical Dimensions: w16.7 x h23.2 cm
  • Type: Folio
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  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=4217
  • Medium: "Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment"
  • illuminator: Master of James IV of Scotland (Flemish, before 1465 - about 1541)
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  • Subject: Angels, Christ Child, Female Saints, Queen of Heaven