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Gerard David, Virgin and Child in a Landscape

The City Tax Collector by Marinus van Reymerswale is going to the From Bosch to Bruegel exhibition at the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam until January 2016. On exchange loan, the museum is giving us:

GDavid BoijmansGerard David (Oudewater ca. 1455 – Bruges 1523)
Virgin and Child in a Landscape

Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, inv. 2446

Gerard David settled in Bruges at the beginning of his career and went on to become one of the most important Flemish Primitives. He studied the work of Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden and Hugo van der Goes, and drew strongly on the style of Hans Memling.

This small painting probably once belonged to the Carmelite abbey in Salamanca. It is a typical example of a devotional panel intended for private use. Mary is shown with her breast uncovered, holding out a piece of fruit to the Christ Child on her lap. She is sitting on a low wall overgrown with plants and flowers, alluding to the hortus conclusus. This enclosed garden is a reference to the biblical Song of Solomon (4:12): ‘You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride; you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain’. The walled garden was used as a symbol of Mary’s virginity.