Virgin and Child

Unknown author17th century

Grão Vasco National Museum

Grão Vasco National Museum
Viseu, Portugal

This painting represents the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus in her lap. Their S-shaped bodies are elongated and spatially integrated into a pyramid-shaped structure. The Virgin protectively cradles the naked Child, who is sitting up and looking directly to the front, holding in his hands some red ribbons with a rectangular pendant, on which this same scene is represented. Both of their heads are enveloped in a divine light that causes the figures to stand out from the dark monochrome background. This is possibly a copy from the Italian School, in which prominence is given to the divine beauty of the two characters, as well as to the mannerism of their physiognomic features.


  • Title: Virgin and Child
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: 17th century
  • Physical Location: Grâo Vasco Nacional Museum, Viseu, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 72 cm x 60 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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