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Virgin and Child in an Apse

Virgin and Child in an Apse

Artist: follower of Robert Campin (Flemish, 1375 - 1444)

Date: ca. 1530
Medium: Oil and tempera on wood
Dimensions:
Image: 18 1/8 x 13 7/8 in. (46 x 35.2 cm)
Frame: 22 1/4 x 17 7/8 in. (56.5 x 45.4 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of John Ringling, 1936
Object number: SN196
On View: Not on view
About this ObjectThis panel is one of the finest surviving copies of one of the most admired pictures, now lost, by Robert Campin, the Tournai painter who is also known as the Master of Flemalle. Of particular reference to his style are the subtle effects of brushwork and illusionism and the manner in which the light illuminates the drapery, hair, and skin of the Virgin and angels. During the 15th century, several famous pictures were copied because they were believed to possess miraculous powers. The presentation of the Madonna and angels in an apse is based upon a medieval metaphor of the Church as the image of heaven.
Provenance
Emile Gavet, Paris, approximately 1870s-1880s; sold to Mr. and Mrs. William K. and Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt, Gothic Room, Marble House, Newport, Rhode Island, 1889-1982; transfered to Mrs. Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt Belmont in divorce; purchased by John Ringling, 1928; bequest to The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 1936
More Information
Object Name:paintings
Culture:Netherlandish; Tournai
Exhibition History:Dec. 18, 1960 - Jan15, 1961: Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, Florida "Loans from the Ringling Museum"
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