A Patron Presented to the Virgin and Child

Object Details

Title:

A Patron Presented to the Virgin and Child

Artist/Maker(s):

Workshop of the Boucicaut Master (French, active about 1390 - 1430)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1415 - 1420

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 20.5 x 14.8 cm (8 1/16 x 5 13/16 in.)

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An image of the original owner of the book kneeling in prayer before the enthroned Virgin and Child introduces a French-language prayer to the Virgin in this book of hours. To judge from her dress, the woman–the original owner of this book of hours–was a wealthy townswoman. Her name may have been Margaret, for marguerites (daisies) figure prominently in the border decoration throughout the book, including on this page.

As the woman prays at her priedieu, the Christ Child seems to wriggle off his mother's lap in an effort to reach her. This engaging portrayal of the infant makes the scene human and intimate, despite the formality of the angel's presentation of the woman and the Virgin's imposing throne.

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