Copy after Jan Gossart (Netherlandish, c. 1522)
Oil on wood
Overall 17 7/8 x 13 5/8 in. (45.4 x 34.6 cm), painted surface 17 1/4 x 13 in. (43.8 x 33 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.17)
According to the biographer Carel van Mander (1548–1606), while Gossart was working for the marquis de Veere, he painted a portrait of his wife, Anna van Bergen, and their infant son posed as the Virgin and Child. Although the original composition is presumed lost, this picture is one among a dozen or so replicas.
A portrait of Anna van Bergen is in the Recueil d'Arras (Bibliothèque Municipale, Arras); a likeness of her by Gossart is in a private collection—two versions of it exist, one in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and one in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.