UNKNOWN MASTER, Flemish
(active 1520s)

Virgin and Child with the Veil

1525-30
Oil on oak panel, 33 x 28 cm
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

This composition, showing a playful Christ Child, who lifts his mother's veil in a game of peekaboo, was conceived by Jan Gossart. It became very popular in many versions produced by other artists at the end of Gossart's life and thereafter. This larger version in Brussels was not by Gossart's hand. Other variants differ in size, shape, background design - whether interior or landscape - and in the poses of the figures.