European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Virgin and ChildMade in Netherlands (historical name, 15th-16th century), Europe
Attributed to Hugo van der Goes, Netherlandish (active Ghent), first documented 1467, died 1482
Oil on panel
Cat. 336John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelThe Christ child nursing at the Virgin's breast was a favorite subject in Netherlandish painting during the fifteenth century. Rogier van der Weyden popularized this devotional image, which artists repeated for generations. By showing the Infant Christ nursing, the artist emphasized both the human nature of Christ and the Virgin's role as the merciful and benevolent mother of all humanity.
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