(b. ca. 1478, Maubeuge, d. 1532, Middelburg)
Virgin and Childc. 1525
Oil on oak panel, 53 x 40 cm
Art Institute, Chicago
Monumental in form and exquisitely refined in its rendering of textural details, this Virgin and Child is one of Gossart's finest mature work. The panel may have been the left wing of a devotional diptych. There are no clues as to the original right half. The complete work would have appeared somewhat similar to the Carondelet Diptych.
The image of the Virgin and Child surrounded by the brilliance of the sun's rays was linked to a specific devotion popular in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century in the Low Countries.