The Virgin and Child

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Netherlandish (1400 - 1464)
Previously attributed to Roger van der Weyden
Netherlandish (1400 - 1464)
The Virgin and Child, c. 1480
15th century
Creation Place: Bruges, Netherlands
Oil (and tempera?) on panel
image: 55 x 35.5 cm (21 5/8 x 14 in.)
with modern cork strip around edge: 56.6 x 36.8 cm (22 5/16 x 14 1/2 in.)
frame: 66.2 x 44.4 x 7.2 cm (26 1/16 x 17 1/2 x 2 13/16 in.)
frame (hinged with 1906.6.B): 66.2 x 88.8 x 7.2 cm (26 1/16 x 34 15/16 x 2 13/16 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of George W. Harris in memory of John A. Harris (to Harvard College)
, 1906.6.A
Department of Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
Charles Werner Haxthausen, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1980), p. 55, repr.

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), no. 362, p. 305, repr.

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), pp. 133, 169, repr. b/w cat. no. 96

Cyriel Stroo, Pascale Syfer-d'Olne and Roel Slachmuylders, The Flemish Primitives, Brepols (Brussels, Belgium, 1996-2006), vol. I, pp. 167-173

Andrea Pearson, "Personal Worship, Gender, and the Devotional Portrait Diptych", The Sixteenth Century Journal (spring 2000), vol. XXXI, no. 1, pp. 99-122, repr. p. 119

Peter van den Brink, "The Art of Copying: Copying and Serial Production of Paintings in the Low Countries in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries", Bonnefantenmuseum / Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts (Maastricht, Netherlands / Brussels, Belgium, 2001), p. 15

Ron Spronk, "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Early Years of Conservation and Technical Examination of Netherlandish Paintings of the Fogg Art Museum", Recent Developments in the Technical Examination of Early Netherlandish Painting, ed. Molly Faries, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), pp. 39-56, repr. p. 41 as fig. 3

Dr. Maryan W. Ainsworth, "'À la façon grèce': The Encounter of Northern Renaissance Artists wtih Byzantine Icons", Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557), ed. Helen Evans, Metropolitan Museum of Art / Yale University Press (New York, NY / New Haven, CT, and London, 2004), pp. 545-555, p. 554, repr. as fig. 17.15

Andrea Pearson, Envisioning Gender in Burgundian Devotional Art, 1350-1530, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. (Hampshire, England, 2005), p. 78, repr. in b/w p. 79; checklist no. 12, p. 196

John Oliver Hand, Catherine A. Metzger and Ron Spronk, Prayers and Portraits: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych, exh. cat., Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT, and London, 2006), p. 22; no. 40, pp. 264-271, repr. in color with verso, details, IR,and cross-sections

John Oliver Hand and Ron Spronk, ed., Essays in Context: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych, Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge, MA, 2006), pp. 24, 68, p. 58 note 19, p. 248 cat. no. 40

Stefano Benelli, La stoffa del XV secolo nella Capsella di Maso di Bartolomeo, Aión Edizioni (Florence, Italy, 2011), pp. 22-23, 25-27, 90, repr. as pl. 21

Exhibition History
Northern European Art from 1450 to 1550, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/13/1994 - 02/05/1995
Prayers & Portraits: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 11/12/2006 - 02/04/2007; Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, 03/03/2007 - 05/27/2007
Style and Technique: their Interrelation in Western European Painting, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/01/1936 - 12/31/1936, no. 20
Re-View: S422-423 Western Art of the Middle Ages & Renaissance, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/16/2008 - 06/18/2011
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