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Workshop of Albert Cornelis, The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne

Key facts
Full title The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne
Artist Workshop of Albert Cornelis
Artist dates active 1512; died 1531
Date made possibly about 1520
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 40.9 × 30.8 cm
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Mrs Joseph H. Green, 1880
Inventory number NG1089
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne
Workshop of Albert Cornelis

The Virgin, Christ Child and Saint Anne, the Virgin’s mother, sit in a small ‘paradise’ garden. Saint Anne holds a fruit, probably a pear, in one hand and reaches out to Christ with the other. A book lies open on her knees.

The garden is edged by a turf bench supported by bricks, on which Anne is seated. A slightly ramshackle but peaceful farmyard lies behind, with ducks in a pond and a towered farm house. A man sits on a bench reading a book while another leans on the side of the porch, apparently chatting to a man who tends a donkey. A fourth man comes in through a gate in the wall.

The scene is derived from a painting possibly by Jan Provoost, of which several versions survive, but this picture seems closer in style to Albert Cornelis. He may have acquired or rented a popular ‘pattern’ from another workshop.

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