Master of the Embroidered Foliage / Virgin and Child in a Landscape / about 1500Master of the Embroidered Foliage
Virgin and Child in a Landscape
about 1500

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Creator Name: Master of the Embroidered Foliage
Creator Nationality: European; Belgian
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: active 1480-1500
Creator Name-CRT: Master of the Embroidered Foliage
Title: Virgin and Child in a Landscape
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1480
Creation End Date: 1520
Creation Date: about 1500
Creation Place: Brussels
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: oil on panel
Materials and Techniques: oil on panel
Dimensions: H.41-1/4 x W.34-1/4 in. (panel)
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 90.7
Credit Line: Gift of the Groves Foundation, by exchange

This unidentified artist is named for the delicately patterned leaves characteristic of his work. This painting is an altarpiece, a devotional image used in a Christian church, and many of the details are symbols that reinforce the sacred content. The walled garden refers to the garden in the Bible's Song of Songs and is associated with Mary. The flowering plants are specific references to Mary: the blue iris refers to the sorrows of the Virgin; the violets allude to her humility; and the strawberry plant symbolizes her righteousness. The peacock on the gate may signify paradise and the stags represent the human soul and piety.

Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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