Virgin and Child

The infant Christ toys with a rosary to which is attached a piece of coral, traditionally worn by children as a protection against evil.

On the shutters is a Latin Prayer in praise of the Immaculate Virgin, asking for her protection.

The frame of the central image is original; the carpentry suggests that it was made in Brussels. However, a 19th-century dealer has had it set into another period frame to which the shutters are attached, in order to create a triptych (altarpiece consisting of three panels). The image of the Virgin enclosed in this way was probably never intended to have shutters.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1467; died 1482
Full title
Virgin and Child
Date made
about 1485
Medium and support
Oil on oak
32.3 x 21.4 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
Location in Gallery