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The Virgin and Child
(mid 15th century-late 15th century)

oil on wood panel
26.3 × 19.4 cm
inscribed in black paint u.l.: CŌPLETV (line above V) ĀNO D / MCCCCXXXIIJ (circle above M, fourth C and J) / P IOHEM DE EYC / BRUGIS
inscribed in black paint u.r.: ĀAC / IXĀ / XĀN
(translation) (Completed in the year of Our Lord 1433 by Johannes de Eyc, Bruges / As I can)
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1923
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
Not on display

The Early Netherlandish master Jan van Eyck (c. 1395–1441) achieved a refinement of illusionistic detail never seen before in oil painting. He was also one of the first artists to develop religious imagery showing the Virgin and Child in more recognisable interiors. This was a departure from the flatter Gothic/Byzantine tradition of representing figures isolated from any believable spatial context. A number of motifs present in this small panel are identifiably in the manner of van Eyck, and for many years the painting was attributed to him. The influence of other Netherlandish masters, including Robert Campin and Rogier van der Weyden, can also be discerned here.