Joos van Cleve (Netherlandish, ca. 1484–1540/41)
Oil on wood; 16 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. (42.5 x 31.8 cm)
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.57)
The motif of the Virgin and Child is borrowed from Jan van Eyck's regal Lucca Madonna (Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt). Reduced to a half-length image and placed in a domestic setting, the composition is further altered by the addition of Joseph. The wine and fruit, symbols of Christ's Incarnation and sacrifice, testify to a new interest in still-life painting.