SITTOW, Michel
(b. ca. 1468, Reval, d. 1525, Reval)

Virgin and Child

c. 1515
Oil on panel, 32 x 25 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

One painter who came as far away as present day Estonia was the unusually adroit technician Michel Sittow. His smoothly painted Virgin and Child is the left half of a diptych, the right panel of which shows the Spanish donor, Don Diego de Guevara (National Gallery of Art, Washington). Though many Eyckian elements are still in evidence, the new arts of Italy are also clearly stated, such as the Child, who is very Florentine in character.

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