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Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

'The Virgin Mary & Infant Jesus. Enamel by Jean Pénicaud the third' c. 1855

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864539

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Photograph of a enamelled plaque by Jean II Pénicaud (active c.1531–49) created in the sixteen century and now in the collection of the Louvre, Paris (MR R 284a). The work depicts the Virgin seated in an armchair with an open book on her lap. The infant Christ stands in the foreground. Mother and child are flanked by two playing putti.

The piece was photographed in a wide frame with a vine-leaf and grape pattern interspersed by six enamelled medallions showing scenes from the Life of Christ.

  • Creator(s)

    Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68) (photographer)

    After Jean II Pénicaud (enameller)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Devotional Images of Christ
            • Virgin & Child