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Virgin and Child

Date: ca. 1460
20 9/16 x 13 5/8 x 1 1/2 in. (52.2 x 34.6 x 3.8 cm.)
frame: 22 3/4 x 16 in. (57.8 x 40.6 cm.)
Medium: oil on panel
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. The Arabella D. Huntington Memorial Art Collection.
Object Number: 26.105
Label Text:This masterfully painted work is at once a devotional object and a tender image of the interaction between a mother and her baby. The Virgin gently supports the Child, who stands unsteadily as he reaches out to grab a book, probably a Book of Hours that would have included meditations on Christ’s death. The Child seems more interested in playing with the clasps of the leather-bound volume than in inviting the viewer to contemplate His future sacrifice.
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