Oil on oak panel, 33,7 x 23,9 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
by Jan PROVOST (b. ca. 1465, Mons, d. 1529, Bruges)
This work was copied from a lost Memling
composition. The painting is actually much bigger than the original and is
rounded off at the top. The landscape has disappeared, too, and the Virgin has
an aureole round her head. The Child sits on a wall over which hangs an oriental
carpet. This motif is certainly typical of Memling, but we do not know whether
it was present in the original.
The attribution to Provost is not generally accepted, Michel Sittow is also suggested as author of this painting.