Jan Gossaert was one of the first artists to introduce the Italian Renaissance style to the Northern Netherlands. This style is characterised by the classical forms of the Virgin’s face and the convincing modelling of the shapes of the body and drapery. This painting focuses on the tender care of a mother for her child. They are playing peek-a-boo with her veil.
For the Virgin’s blue cloak and dress, Gossaert used ultramarine, a costly pigment made of ground semi-precious stones.
Jan Gossaert (Maubeuge c. 1478 - 1533/1536 Middelburg)
Madonna and Child
On view in
Material and technical details
19.3 x 25.4 cm
Probably William Fuller Maitland, Stansted, Essex, 1868-1876; Carl von Hollitscher, Berlin, after 1912; Camillo Castiglioni, Vienna, 1925; Jacques Goudstikker Gallery, Amsterdam, 1925-1939; purchased, 1939