Madonna of Humility
  • TitleMadonna of Humility
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on oak
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 145 x 101 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 158 x 114 x 8 cm
  • DatingSigned 1544
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Jan Sanders van Hemessen, Netherlands, born c. 1500, dead 1575
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 2140
  • AcquisitionGift 1919 Mr E. Brodin through Nationalmusei Vänner
  • Description
    Images and media

    The nursing Virgin Mary is based on a Byzantine icon, but also on the direct observance of a mother with her baby. Everyday intimacy is coupled with Christian symbolism through details that inspire meditation on the human existence, death and resurrection of Jesus – the apple, the swaddling cloth, the grapes, and Mary’s red cloak. The powerfully modelled figures are influenced by Italian art, combined with a Northern European fantasy landscape.