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Virgin and Child

Tempera Painting
ca. 1430-ca. 1440 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This Virgin and Child, complete with carved wooden canopy, is believed to date from the mid-fifteenth century. The composition and manner of painting suggest that it was made in the March of Ancona, a region of northern Italy now known as The Marches. Carlo Crivelli (1430-1495) spent much of his career in the March of Ancona, developing a distinctive personal style reminiscent of this work in its tooled gold background and conservative Late Gothic style. The Christ Child is shown wearing a coral necklace, the colour of which alludes to blood as symbol of life and death, as well as to the redemption brought by Christ. Coral was also used for teething during this period, and often worn by babies.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Tempera and gilt on panel
Brief Description
Tempera painting entitled 'Virgin and Child', including original carved canopy. Italian (Marches) School, ca. 1430-1440.
Physical Description
Tempera and gilt on panel, painting entitled 'Virgin and Child', including original carved canopy.
Dimensions
  • Approx., carved canopy height: 104cm
  • Approx. width: 56cm
Dimensions taken from departmental object file
Style
Credit line
Bequeathed by Miss Ellen Rose Coleman
Object history
Bequeathed by Miss Ellen Rose Coleman, 1973.



Given by the 'Duca de Marignano, Conte de Bustelli from his own gallery' to Mrs McVeagh, who gave it to Mrs J. J. Fellows, from whom it passed to the testator, Miss E. A. Coleman.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This Virgin and Child, complete with carved wooden canopy, is believed to date from the mid-fifteenth century. The composition and manner of painting suggest that it was made in the March of Ancona, a region of northern Italy now known as The Marches. Carlo Crivelli (1430-1495) spent much of his career in the March of Ancona, developing a distinctive personal style reminiscent of this work in its tooled gold background and conservative Late Gothic style. The Christ Child is shown wearing a coral necklace, the colour of which alludes to blood as symbol of life and death, as well as to the redemption brought by Christ. Coral was also used for teething during this period, and often worn by babies.
Collection
Accession Number
P.1-1973

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record createdMay 16, 2007
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