One of the most famous subjects in the history of European art, scenes of the Virgin Mary with the infant Jesus are well represented in The Met collection. As the days count down to Christmas, we’ve selected a few of our favorite examples as we contemplate the tender, peaceful family scene at the core of the holiday season.
Duccio di Buoninsegna
Madonna and Child. Duccio di Buoninsegna (Italian, active by 1278–1318). Tempera and gold on wood , 11 x 8 1/4 in. (overall), ca. 1290–1300. Purchase, Rogers Fund, Walter and Leonore Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation Gift, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, Annette de la Renta Gift, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, Louis V. Bell, and Dodge Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, several members of The Chairman’s Council Gifts, Elaine L. Rosenberg and Stephenson Family Foundation Gifts, 2003 Benefit Fund, and other gifts and funds from various donors, 2004 (2004.442)
Virgin and Child with Saints Catherine of Alexandria and Barbara. Hans Memling (Netherlandish, active by 1465–1494). Oil on wood, 26 7/8 x 28 7/8 in. (overall), early 1480s. Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.634)
Madonna and Child with Two Angels. Vittore Crivelli (Italian, active by 1465–1501/2). Tempera and gold on wood, 21 7/8 x 16 in., ca. 1481–82. The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982 (1982.60.6)
Virgin and Child with Four Angels. Gerard David (Netherlandish, ca. 1455–1523). Oil on wood, 24 7/8 x 15 3/8 in., ca. 1510–15. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1977 (1977.1.1)
Andrea del Verrocchio
Madonna and Child. Workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio (Italian, 1435–1488). Tempera and gold on wood, 26 x 19 in., ca. 1470. Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.647)
Bartolomé Estebán Murillo
Virgin and Child. Bartolomé Estebán Murillo (Spanish, 1617–1682). Oil on canvas, 65 1/4 x 43 in., ca. 1670–72. Rogers Fund, 1943 (43.13)
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