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Virgin and Child before a Landscape

Vincenzo Foppa, Italian (active Milan), born 1427/30, died 1515/16

Geography:
Made in Italy, Europe

Date:
c. 1490

Medium:
Oil and gold on panel

Dimensions:
17 1/4 x 13 5/16 inches (43.8 x 33.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

* Gallery 213, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 257

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Label:
Vincenzo Foppa painted many versions of this scene, in which the Virgin nurses the Christ Child before an elaborately brocaded curtain set against a distant Lombard landscape. The intensity of expression, silver-gray flesh tones, and sculptural quality of the figures seen in this panel are characteristic of the painter, who drew on a variety of artistic influences during his career working across northern Italy.


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