The Virgin and Child with Angels in a Garden with a Rose Hedge

The Virgin and Child with Angels in a Garden with a Rose Hedge

Attributed to STEFANO DA VERONA
Italian, 1375-after 1438
The Virgin and Child with Angels in a Garden with a Rose Hedge, about 1430
Painting on panel
Museum purchase
1912.63

Copyright Notice

This painting has long been attributed to Stefano da Verona, who was active mostly in northern Italy and who was a proponent of the International Style. Popular throughout Europe toward the end of the fourteenth century, this style embodies a decorative elegance and an interest in minute detail that derive from northern European painting. Here the Virgin is portrayed as the Madonna of Humility: instead of being enthroned, she is seated on a cushion on the ground. In the sky above her appears God the Father with a scepter and the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove. The rose garden symbolizes the purity of the Virgin, while the music-making angels evoke the refined and grace-filled court life of the very end of the Middle Ages.

-JAW

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