In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, numerous pictures were made of the Virgin and her child Jesus. This Madonna is by the German artist Lucas Cranach. He painted her with a beautiful, round idealised face and long wavy hair. She is looking ahead rather submissively, while her child tries to pluck a grape – a remarkably playful gesture. Two cherubs are holding up a cloth by way of a baldachin.


  • Title: Virgin and Child
  • Creator: Cranach the Elder, Lucas
  • Date Created: c. 1515 - 1520
  • Physical Dimensions: h62.7 cm x w42 cm
  • Provenance: Prince Lichnowsky, Kuchelna, Silesia, before 1906-1928; Paul Cassirer Gallery, Berlin and Amsterdam, 1929; Daniel Wolf, Wassenaar; pledged by Wolf to Hans C.W. Tietje, Amsterdam, 1932-1940; sold in June 1940 by Tietje to Miedl for 35.000 guilders; Alois Miedl, Amsterdam, 1940; W.A. Hofer, Berlin, 1940; E. Göpel, The Hague; Hermann Göring, Berlin; Stichting Nederlands Kunstbezit (inv. no. NK 3071); on loan to the Mauritshuis, 1953-1955; transferred, 1955
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: panel

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