Bouguereau’s Virgin and Child

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Title

Bouguereau’s Virgin and Child

Subject

art, artwork, child, Christ Child, crucifixion, devotional art, devotional, gaze, halo, icon, infant Jesus, Madonna, Mary, nostalgia, religious, religion, religious art, SA, South Australia, virgin, Virgin Mary, William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)

Description

This work by William Adolphe Bouguereau was acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia in 1899 with funds from the Elder Bequest. It depicts the Virgin Mary, clothed in a dark green dress with gold trim and seated against a backdrop of rich gold cloth, holding the infant Jesus on her lap. The child’s arms are outstretched in a crucifixion pose. Although this painting dates from the nineteenth century (1888), it is strongly reminiscent of devotional religious art from the medieval period. The colours and composition are generally similar to those employed by medieval artists, while Mary’s downcast gaze and the use of gold circles to represent halos recreate more specific motifs that were common in medieval representations of the Madonna and Child.

Creator

Bourguereau, William Adolphe

Source

Art Gallery of South Australia

Date

1888

Rights

Art Gallery of South Australia

Format

Hyperlink;
Oil on Canvas, 176 x 102.8 cm

Files

Citation

“Bouguereau’s Virgin and Child,” Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory, accessed December 16, 2019, http://ausmed.arts.uwa.edu.au/items/show/709.