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The Virgin and Child
  • Hippolyte (Paul) Delaroche (1797 - 1856)
  • The Virgin and Child
  • France
  • 1844
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 147.7 x 87.5 cm
    Object size: 181 x 120 x 11.5 cm
  • Signature: 'Paul DelaRoche. / ROME. / 1844.'
  • P286
  • West Gallery III
Further Reading
  • Painted for the 4th Marquess of Hertford who had a fondness for representations of the Virgin and Child. The composition, with the Virgin’s raised eyes, incorporates the traditional subject of the pietà, the body of the dead Christ in the lap of the Virgin - an original conception as Delaroche (a deeply religious man) himself realised. It also suggests the Rest on the Flight into Egypt. The Virgin and Child may be idealised portraits of the artist’s wife, Louise Vernet, and younger son, Philippe, born in 1841. The landscape is probably based on studies made at the quarries at Cervara, about six miles to the east of Rome. Delaroche regarded the picture as one of his best works.