The Virgin in adoration before the sleeping Christ Child - Peter Paul Rubens - circa 1618

The Virgin in adoration before the sleeping Christ Child

Artist: 
Peter Paul Rubens
Dated: 
circa 1618
Material : 
oil on panel
Dimensions: 
50.0 cm x 65.0 cm
Inventory number: 
77.2
Museum:
Museum Rockoxhuis
Subcategory:
17th century Madonnas and Child
Type:
Painting

This small painting refers to the marital bliss of Rubens. This is just as we often recognise his immediate family members in Rubens’ religious paintings. For this beautiful tableau, presumably Isabella Brant, the first wife of Rubens, stood as the model, and in the Christ Child we can recognise the facial features of Nicolaas, his second son.