Madonna and Child (c 1460)
Rogier van der Weyden
oil on panel transferred to canvas and relaid on panel, 19 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
Rogier was one of the leading Flemish painters of his time. His sophistication and subtlety as an artist are particularly evident in the delicate handling of the Virgin's face, which projects an air of maternal concern as well as tranquility. A fine example of Rogier's treatment of the subject, Madonna and Child
is one of the few paintings by this master in America. It is believed that this work was once part of a diptych with a portrait of the patron who commissioned the work as the facing image of a double, hinged panel. In this century, the picture has undergone several conservation treatments, having been transferred from its original wood support to canvas and then laid on panel.
It was acquired by Arabella D. Huntington in 1907, six years before her marriage to Henry E. Huntington. It came to the institution two years after her death in 1924 and has been on display ever since in a memorial gallery established by her husband.