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Madonna and Child

Photo credit: Royal Institution of Cornwall

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The Madonna and Child is a very traditional subject for artists, commissioned both by the Church as well as by private individuals. The use of oils on panel, rather than tempera as in Italy during this period, is a particularly Northern European development which gradually spread south to Italy. This Madonna and Child is set within a contemporary townscape to make the Biblical story more relevant to the viewer.

Royal Cornwall Museum



late 15th C


oil & gold leaf on panel


H 55.5 x W 41.5 cm

Accession number

TRURI : 1925.207

Acquisition method

gift, 1925

Work type


Royal Cornwall Museum

River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ England

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