The Virgin and Child in an Interior

The Virgin and Child are seated in a richly appointed interior, appropriate to their divine status: the bench is hung with cloth of gold and the floor inset with precious stones. But they are also mother and child: the brass basin by the fire is for bathing the Child; clean nappies and swaddling clothes are in the basket lower right.

The mingling of human and heavenly draws attention to the devotional function of the picture, revealing Christ as a divine figure made man. The infant Christ strokes his mother's chin, a lover's gesture suggesting that the Virgin may be depicted here as the Bride of Christ.

The frame is original, and is carved in one piece with the panel on which the picture is painted.

Jacques Daret was a member of Campin's workshop, whose figures are very similar in style to those shown here.

Key facts

Artist dates
1378/9 - 1444
Full title
The Virgin and Child in an Interior
Date made
before 1432
Medium and support
Oil on oak
18.7 x 11.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1987
Inventory number
Location in Gallery