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.

Key facts

Artist dates
1400? - 1475
Full title
The Virgin and Child
Date made
about 1465
Medium and support
Oil with egg tempera on oak
37.1 x 27.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery