The Virgin and Child with Two Angels

The Virgin is seated before a cloth of honour. The angels look on from behind a curtain. The Virgin holds a spray of red carnations, a symbol of the death of Christ; the infant Christ takes one from her. His nakedness emphasises his humanity.

In the past the painting has been attributed to Bouts.

Key facts

Artist dates
active last quarter of 15th century
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Two Angels
Date made
about 1490
Medium and support
Oil on oak
47 x 34.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought (Lewis Fund), 1918
Inventory number
Location in Gallery