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Dirk Bouts: 'The Virgin and Child'

The Virgin and the infant Christ are shown appearing at a window opening; a second window is behind them. The white cloth on which the Child is sitting probably extended over the original frame to complete the illusion of the picture as a window. The Virgin and Child present themselves to us in the same way that princes appeared at windows to be acknowledged by their subjects.

In this, as in other works, Bouts appears to have been strongly influenced by the paintings of Rogier van der Weyden.