The Virgin and Child

The Christ Child holds an apple. Behind the Virgin hangs an ornate brocade cloth-of-gold of a type Bouts often uses (see also those in 'The Virgin and Child with Saint Peter and Saint Paul' and 'The Virgin and Child').

This is a devotional work probably intended for domestic use. Although the flesh areas are in poor condition, the quality of the rest suggests the work of Bouts himself.

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
20.2 x 14.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Queen Victoria at the Prince Consort's wish, 1863
Inventory number
Location in Gallery