The Virgin and Child with St. Elizabeth and the Child Baptist

Peter Paul Rubens, Between 1630 and 1635

WAG 4097

About this object

Between 1600 and 1608 the Flemish artist Rubens visited Italy and Spain. On his return to Antwerp he was immediately recognised as the most distinguished master in Flanders. He was made court painter to Archduke Albert, Regent of the Netherlands. He acted as artistic and diplomatic ambassador to the Archduke helping to conduct peace talks between England and Spain.

In this work, the two children may have been modelled on his own sons by his second wife, Helena Fourment, whom he married in 1630. This work was enormously popular. Many copies and variations as well as engravings of this subject by Rubens were made, bringing it to a wide audience.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Peter Paul Rubens (German born Flemish, born:28 June 1577, died:30 May 1640)
  • Date
    Between 1630 and 1635
  • Materials
    Oil; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 180 cm x 139.5 cm
  • Physical description
    A female figure (the Virgin) wearing a red dress is seated in the centre with a naked child on her knee (Jesus). The Virgin is looking at a female figure (St. Elizabeth) who knelt beside her on the left and looking at Jesus. She is accompanied by a child who is stroking a goat and appears to playing with the foot of Jesus. There is a pillar on the right and a tree can be seen in the distance through an arch on the left.
  • Related people
    Agnew's Gallery (Previous owner); Peter Paul Rubens (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4097
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery with the assistance of a Treasury Grant, the Art Fund and other benefactors in 1960
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 03
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1960
    Disposal method: Sold to the Walker Art Gallery
Object view = Fine Art
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