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The Christ Child


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Description The sleeping child lies on a sheet of white cloth partially covered by a pink cloth. He is identified by the aureole of light and three stylized rays forming a halo and by the ribbon he holds which is inscribed: [AGN] US DEI ECCE QUI T[OLLIS PECCATA MUNDI: MISERERE NOBIS] (Roman Missal, Communion: 3). He is surrounded by meticulously rendered flora and fauna, laden with Christian symbolism. The rose bushes allude to martyrdom, strawberry plants to perfect righteousness, violets to humility, several stalks of wheat to the human nature of Christ, some daisies to his innocence, the butterfly to the Resurrection, the goldfinch to the Passion, the pair of turtle doves to purity, and the swallow to the Incarnation. This painting replicates a section of an unlocated picture the Virgin and Saint John accompanied by three angels adoring the Christ Child, which was reproduced as a steel engraving by Wm. Ridgway in a Bible published by James S. Virtue, London, n.d.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/14/1981Examinationeamined for condition
1/03/2012Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Mint Museum of Art Uptown, Charlotte. 2013.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] On back of panel: A. Müller pinx. 1849 Düsseldof
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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Period
1849
Medium
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.178
Measurements
H: 4 9/16 x W: 6 1/8 in. (11.6 x 15.5 cm); Framed: H: 10 1/2 x W: 12 5/16 x D: 2 3/8 in. (26.7 x 31.2 x 6 cm)
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Not On View

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