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  • Record Number: 7006
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Williamson , Beth.
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  • Title: Liturgical Image or Devotional Image? The London "Madonna of the Firescreen" [The author examines this midfifteenth century panel of Virgin and Child and argues that it was intended for devotional use. The viewer would be drawn to contemplate the mystery of the Incarnation through subtle reminders like the breast milk of the Virgin and the Christ child's genitals. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Objects, Imafges, and the Word: Art in the Service of the Liturgy.  Edited by Colum Hourihane.  Index of Christian Art, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University in association with Princeton University Press, 2003.  Pages 298 - 318.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Altarpieces Art History- Painting Devotional Art Iconography Jesus Christ- Genitals of in Art Madonna of the Firescreen- Attributed to a Follower of Robert Campin, Possibly the Master of the Merode Triptych Mary, Virgin, Saint, and Child in Art
  • Geographic Area: Low Countries
  • Century: 15
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  • Primary Evidence: Painting; London, National Gallery, "Madonna of the Firescreen," NG2609, 63.5 x 49.5 cm. It is believed to have been painted around 1440. Its provenance is not known before the nineteenth century. Thus its original purpose is not documented.
  • Illustrations: Six Figures. Figure One Manuscript illumination of Philip the Good at prayer, "Traité sur l'oraison dominicale" (Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale, Ms. 9092, fol. 9). Figure Two Follower of Robert Campin (Master of the Mérode Triptych?), Madonna of the Firescreen, circa 1440 (London, National Gallery). Figure Three Detail of Figure Two, showing the Christ child. Figure Four, Jean Malouel, Pietà, circa 1400 (Paris, Musée du Louvre). The author points out that the blood from the wound in Christ's side runs down to his genitals. Figure Five Workshop of Robert Campin, Virgin and Child in an Interior, circa 1430 (St. Petersburg, Hermitage). Figure Six Workshop of Robert Campin (Jacques Daret?) Virgin and Child in an Interior, before 1432? (London, National Gallery).
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Bristol
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  • Year of Publication: 2003.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0691115389
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