ORLEY, Bernaert van
(b. 1491/92, Bruxelles, d. 1542, Bruxelles)

Virgin and Child

Oil on panel, 60 x 47 cm
Private collection

The "Romanist" style was introduced to the North by - among others - Bernaert van Orley, whose adoption of the new style came secondhand through Raphael's designs for the Act of the Apostles tapestry series and other drawings brought from Rome to Brussels in 1520. In the present painting Van Orley borrows the pose of his figures from Raphael.