Title: The Virgin and Child with St. Elizabeth and the Child Baptist
Date: between 1630 and 1635
Artist: Peter Paul Rubens
Date of birth:
Nationality: German-born Flemish
Date of death:
Materials: Oil; Canvas
Information: 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.
Accession no: WAG 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, on display