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Style of Martin Schongauer: 'The Virgin and Child in a Garden'

The Virgin and Child are shown in a closed garden, the 'hortus conclusus' (closed garden in Latin), which represents chastity. Of the flowers, the iris is frequently shown as a symbol of the Virgin's grief. The subject was popular in Alsace.

The composition is close to that of an engraving signed with Schongauer's initials.


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