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Virgin and Child

Attributed to Hugo van der Goes, Netherlandish (active Ghent), first documented 1467, died 1482

Made in Netherlands (historical name, 15th-16th century), Europe

c. 1470

Oil on panel

12 3/4 x 10 inches (32.4 x 25.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 219, European Art 1100-1500, second floor (Park Family Gallery)

Accession Number:
Cat. 336

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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The 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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