The Virgin and Child

Master of Klosterneuburgabout 1335

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Primary colors surrounding the clear glass faces of the Madonna and Child draw attention to their emotional expressions. As she holds him close, Mary looks at the Christ child tenderly, but with a knowing sadness. Christ turns toward his mother and lovingly touches her chin. These mortal traits are combined with the evidence of their divinity indicated by golden halos. This panel was originally located in a dark, medieval church, where its simple design of a few colors and sinuous lines boldly conveyed the figures from a distance. The window's visual impact would have varied according to the amount of light passing through it--depending upon the season, weather, and time of day. The window's position high up in a church wall allowed radiant, colorful light to filter through the church, creating a kaleidoscopic effect. This panel was located in the Cistercian Abbey of Klosterneuburg, near Vienna, Austria, one of the most important repositories of medieval art in Europe.

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  • Title: The Virgin and Child
  • Date Created: about 1335
  • Location Created: Austria
  • Physical Dimensions: w20.3 x h35.9 x d1 cm
  • Type: Stained glass
  • Rights: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=244389
  • Medium: "Pot-metal and colorless glass, oxide paint, and silver stain; lead came"
  • artist: Master of Klosterneuburg (Austrian, active early 14th century)
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  • Subject: Christ Child, Madonna and Child, Religion