|Title||Madonna and Child|
|Collection||Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum|
|Artist||Attributed to Flemish School|
|Date Earliest||possibly about 1650|
|Date Latest||possibly about 1700|
|Description||The date and origin of this painting are unknown. The general technique appears later than its stylistic influences. The rather primitive rigidity of the figures' posture and the highly stylised crown allude to northern European devotional icons from the fifteenth or sixteenth century. The yellow flower held out by Jesus may be a dandelion which was used by early Flemish and German artists to symbolise grief. It usually appeared in scenes of the Crucifixion and not in images of the Virgin and Child; nonetheless, the author of this work may have been making reference to the Child's fate.|
|Current Accession Number||1913:68.6.1|
|Former Accession Number||No. 466|
|Subject||religion (Virgin and Child)|
|Measurements||16.2 x 12.8 cm cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on metal (copper)|
|Acquisition Details||Given by Mrs Lauretta Maslin 1913.|
|Publications||Wright, C., Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museums, Baron de Ferrieres Collection: Catalogue of Foreign Paintings from the De Ferrieres Collection and Other Sources, Cheltenham, 1988, p. 48.|
Back of frame: part obscured, stamped 'ETHER ... / Carver Gilder & C.'
Listed in Andrews, G., Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum Service: Fine Art Collection: Checklist Catalogue, 1979, cat. no. 466, as Flemish School, fifteenth century.
Wright, 1988, believes the painting to be later than the sixteenth century and is not sure if it is Flemish or not. He is scathing about the quality of the work.
Mrs Lauretta Maslin, Stratford-upon-Avon.
|Rights Owner||Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museums|
|Author||Dr Anne L. Cowe|