The Virgin and Child in a Landscape

The large-faced Christ Child, has moved away from the Virgin's breast to stare out of the picture. In the background stretches a wide landscape with mountains, trees, and a town. On the far left is a windmill built on stilts.

The ingeniously arranged composition is typical of van Orley: the strong diagonals centre on the extraordinary folds of drapery pulled between the Virgin’s left knee and right foot.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1515; died 1541
Full title
The Virgin and Child in a Landscape
Date made
about 1525
Medium and support
Oil on oak
35 × 27 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Queen Victoria at the Prince Consort's wish, 1863
Inventory number
Location in Gallery