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It was common practice for a successful artist such as Van Dyck to employ a number of studio assistants; he himself had worked early in his career in Rubens' studio. This is a replica of a composition dating from shortly after the painter's return to Antwerp from Italy in 1627-28. Autograph versions are in the National Gallery, London and formerly in the Methuen collection, Corsham Court. Like the Madonna and Child (DPG90), it reflects a strong Italian influence, but a comparison between the two betrays this work's status as a studio rather than an autograph piece. The application of colour is less subtle and the figures a little more wooden, lacking the immediate fleshy reality of the dimpled Christ in the Madonna and Child.

Currently on display

Artist
Studio of Sir Anthony van Dyck
Date
c.1627–1630
Location
Gallery 2
Dimensions
141.9 x 105.4 cm
Materials
Oil on canvas
Acquisition
Bourgeois Bequest, 1811
Accession number
DPG081