Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints (detail). Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) (Italian, 1483–1520). Oil and gold on wood, 67 7/8 x 67 7/8 in. (main panel overall), ca. 1504. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1916 (16.30ab)
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Scenes of Christmas Tenderness

Contemplate the serenity of a “young virgin mother and child” in graceful paintings from The Met collection

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)

 

Hans Memling

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)

 

Vittore Crivelli

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)

 

Gerard David

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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