Virgin and Child

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Virgin and Child

Lucas Cranach the Elder
c.c.1515 - 1520

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In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, numerous pictures were made of the Virgin and her child Jesus. This Madonna is by the German artist Lucas Cranach. He painted her with a beautiful, round idealised face and long wavy hair. She is looking ahead rather submissively, while her child tries to pluck a grape – a remarkably playful gesture. Two cherubs are holding up a cloth by way of a baldachin.

oil on panel
62.7 x 42 cm.
NK Collection; on loan since 1953 and transferred into the museum's keeping by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands in 1960