Virgin Mary seated with child on lap; clouds, small angels and halo of light surround image; circle of 8 stars around head

Madonna and Child in the Clouds, 1611

Engraving and etchingexpand_more

Gift of John Crosbyexpand_more  P.47.79

For many decades, Abraham Bloemaert was the leading Catholic painter in the Dutch Republic. His was a family business, with his son Cornelis making prints based on Abraham’s designs. Catholicism was tolerated by the Protestant majority, but Catholics had to hide their churches behind discreet façades; their devotion had to be private. Bloemaert’s star-studded recasting of Federico Barocci’s heavenly Virgin could be used for private devotion in the home.

Details
Title
Madonna and Child in the Clouds
Artist Life
1566–1651
Role
Engraver
Accession Number
P.47.79
Catalogue Raisonne
H.VI.65.9
Curator Approved

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Virgin Mary seated with child on lap; clouds, small angels and halo of light surround image; circle of 8 stars around head