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Christ and the Virgin

c. 1427-1432
Robert Campin, also called the Master of Flémalle, Netherlandish (active Tournai), first documented 1406, died 1444
The gold background of this painting sets the scene in the timeless, eternal space of heaven. The close relationship between the two figures suggests that the Virgin is interceding with her son Christ on behalf of humankind....

Object Details
Collection of Paignon Dijonval (1708­–1792), Paris, until d. 1792; by inheritance to his grandson Charles Gilbert Terray, vicomte Morel de Vindé (1759­–1842); his sale, Charles Paillet and Nicolas Bérnard, Paris, December 17, 1821, no. 26. With Lambert Jean Nieuwenhuys, Brussels; sold to William II, King of the Netherlands (1792­–1849), The Hague, April 20, 1823. With Brothers Bourgeois, Cologne; with R. Langton Douglas (1864–1951), London, c. 1910; sold to John G. Johnson (1841­–1917), Philadelphia, 1910 [1]; bequest to the City of Philadelphia, 1917.1. The above provenance is according to the exhibition "Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261­–1557)" (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, March 23­–July 5, 2004); and Martin Eidelberg, “On the Provenance of Robert Campin’s Christ and the Virgin,” Oud Holland, vol. 112 (1998), pp. 4­–6.

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