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The Virgin and Child
(c. 1465-1475)

Medium
oil on wood panel
Measurements
36.5 × 27.0 cm (image) 38.1 × 28.0 cm (panel)
Accession Number
3079-4
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1954
Gallery location
14th - 16th Century Gallery - Painting & Decorative Arts
Level 1, NGV International

Frame

Simon MARMION
The Virgin and Child (c. 1465-1475)
Framemaker
Reproduction
Date
2005
Materials

European oak with trompe l’oeil marbled finish

Simon MARMION
The Virgin and Child (c. 1465-1475)
About

The Frederick Pollak frame (see above image), formerly on The Virgin and Child, is a rendering of 15th century Flemish frames.  It was made at the time of acquisition in 1954 but not ready for shipping and followed the painting to Melbourne.  The frame uses gilding onto fabric, applied to timber to create an aged, cracked appearance in the surface. We have no record of the frame on the painting at the moment of acquisition.

A number of frames were made during the directorship of Daryl Lindsay by Frederick Pollak, including the frame for The banquet of Cleopatra by Giambatista Tiepolo.

The Pollak frame was made to fit the painting as restored with the image extended by about 10mm on all sides.The cleaning and restoration of the painting in 2004, brought the paint layer back to the original dimensions which meant a new frame needed to be constructed to fit the smaller, original image.

The new frame was copied from a similar frame from Portrait of a young woman by Hans Memling in the Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges.

The choice of a trompe l’oeil marbled finish was made to provide some contrast to the black and gold frames which might otherwise start to look like a default frame choice for this part of the collection.  The frame was made in 2005 using European oak and replicating the joinery of the 15th century.