European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Virgin and Child before a LandscapeMade in Italy, Europe
Vincenzo Foppa, Italian (active Milan), born 1427/30, died 1515/16
Oil and gold on panel
Cat. 257John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelVincenzo Foppa painted many versions of this scene, in which the Virgin nurses the Christ Child before an elaborately brocaded curtain set against a distant Lombard landscape. The intensity of expression, silver-gray flesh tones, and sculptural quality of the figures seen in this panel are characteristic of the painter, who drew on a variety of artistic influences during his career working across northern Italy.
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