UNKNOWN MASTER, Italian
(active around 1500 in Lombardy)
Virgin and Childc. 1500
Tempera and gold on wood, 62 x 44 cm
Christian Museum, Esztergom
The mild-faced, reddish-blond Virgin turns toward her peacefully sleeping Child in quiet adoration. A landscape punctuated by northern-style, Gothic buildings stretches behind the baldachin. The city gate is decorated with the fresco of the Annunciation and two peacocks sit on it, symbolizing eternal life. Tiny figurines enliven the background: a rider accompanied by his dog, a woman who enters the gate carrying baskets, and a wanderer walking in the fields.
This panel by an unknown painter shows stylistic elements characteristic for Lombard, Venetian and Netherlandish art. He is considered as a follower of Vincenzo Foppa.