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Albert Cornelis and Associates, The Virgin and Child in a Landscape

Key facts
Full title The Virgin and Child in a Landscape
Artist Albert Cornelis and Associates
Artist dates active 1512; died 1531
Date made probably early 1520s
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 81.2 × 81.2 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Queen Victoria at the Prince Consort's wish, 1863
Inventory number NG1864
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
The Virgin and Child in a Landscape
Albert Cornelis and Associates

The Virgin Mary sits on the ground under a tree, breastfeeding the Christ Child. Behind her we see horsemen riding along a road and, on the right, Saint John the Baptist accompanied by a lamb. The composition is an echo of Robert Campin’s Virgin in the Apse.

The Virgin’s head and hands are stylised and simplified in the same way as in other paintings by Albert Cornelis, and are almost certainly by Cornelis himself. The landscape, however, is different to that in other paintings by Cornelis. It was perhaps the work of a different landscape specialist, who worked in a style derived from Joachim Patinir.

Round paintings were fairly common in the Low Countries, but it’s possible that this was painted for the Italian market – the name on the back, ‘GREGORIO ALBERTI’, may be that of an early owner.

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