Virgin as Intercessor
- The intimate character and domestic scale of this altar picture suggest that it was intended for a private chapel.
- Дейк А. ван
- Anthony van Dyck
- Вашингтон: гал. Нац.
- Washington: NGA
- Widener collection
- The Virgin as Intercessor demonstrates Van Dyck's powerful ability to devise new religious interpretations.
With upturned eyes and open arms, Virgin welcomes rays of heavenly light.
Ten infant angels fly around her praying figure; some hold the instruments of Christ's Passion, including the crown of thorns and the cross.
The wreath of roses held near the Virgin's head may refer to St Rosalie, whose holy relics were sent to Antwerp as protection against the plague.
Van Dyck belonged to the Jesuit confraternity that brought Rosalie's relics from Sicily in 1629.
- Oil on canvas.
- № 1942.9.88.
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