The Virgin

This painting is one half of a diptych that portrays Christ and the Virgin. This picture shows the Virgin at prayer. In the companion picture Christ is shown holding an orb as ruler of the world. They are posed in this fashion in other pictures which show them in heaven.

Many versions of these pictures exist, indicating that they were popular and devotional images. The images presumably derive, at several removes, from the Ghent altarpiece by the van Eycks.

Key facts

Artist dates
1465/6 - 1530
Full title
The Virgin
Date made
about 1510-25
Medium and support
Oil on oak
60.3 × 34.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1857
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Diptych: Christ and the Virgin

Workshop of Quinten Massys
about 1510-25
After Quinten Massys: 'Christ'