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The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary

By
Jan Van Eyck
Photographer
Hugo Maertens
License
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

About this artwork

A modest young Madonna the Mother of God – sits at the right hand of the mysterious figure in the centre (the viewer’s left). Her serene face looks out from beneath a cascade of hair. Dressed in a deepblue robe the darkness of which is alleviated by a golden hem decorated with jewels she is absorbed in a prayer book. Twelve stars surround her fabulous crown – an allusion to the Book of revelation. The crown itself incorporates four types of of flower all of which were Marian symbols: lilies (virginity purity) columbines (humility) and lilyofthevalley (linking the song of songs 2:1 to the Virgin Mary).

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The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary
Photo number
0010005000
Inventory number
426
The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary
Photo number
0010005000
Inventory number
426
The Ghent Altarpiece: Virgin Mary
Photo number
0010005000
Inventory number
426

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