monochrome image of an alter (or tomb?) that features a framed, 3/4 portrait of the virgin and child; many putti with wings surround the portrait, one putto sits along bottom of architectural feature and points toward drapery at bottom center

Virgin and Child, Date Unknown

Unknown artist, expand_more

Grisaille: oil on canvasexpand_more

Anonymous giftexpand_more  2018.133.18

Not on Viewexpand_more

This may look like an old print of the Virgin and Child, but it’s a painting meant to fool you slightly. We might do a double take thinking it’s an old print stuck on a wall and slightly curling at the edges. English uses a borrowed French term for this type of picture: "Trompe l’oeil"—literally, trick the eye.

Details
Title
Virgin and Child
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2018.133.18
Provenance
John E. Andrus III [Minneapolis, 1909-2012]; by descent to his daughter Catherine Andrus [Minneapolis]
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monochrome image of an alter (or tomb?) that features a framed, 3/4 portrait of the virgin and child; many putti with wings surround the portrait, one putto sits along bottom of architectural feature and points toward drapery at bottom center