(b. ca. 1478, Maubeuge, d. 1532, Middelburg)

Virgin and Child

Oil on oak panel, 48 x 38 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Gossart takes a virtuosic delight in Italianate and late-Gothic detail. Mother and Son are seen against a still-Eyckian trompe l'oeil, reddish-brown stone slab, a fictive frame within a frame. The tightly cropped composition and the assertive sculptural approach to the figures, which are visually projected into the viewer's space, are features of Gossart's late style. The allusion to sculpture is further enhanced by the pale tones and the smooth, seemingly highly polished surface of the flesh areas.