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The Madonna and Child

Van Dyck has created a dramatic and emotionally-charged image of the Virgin and Child. The Virgin’s eyes look heavenward and both figures are surrounded by swirling drapery, spot-lit against a dark background.  

This painting was completed shortly after Van Dyck’s return from Italy and was heavily influenced by the artworks he saw there, including pictures by the Venetian artist Titian (1490–1576). Van Dyck evidently considered this work to be a successful composition, as both he and his workshop made numerous copies. The Dulwich painting is undoubtedly among the best versions produced by the artist himself.  

Currently on display

Artist
Sir Anthony van Dyck
Date
c. 1630–32
Location
Gallery 4
Dimensions
153.7 x 116.5 cm
Materials
Oil on canvas
Acquisition
Bourgeois Bequest, 1811
Accession number
DPG090