Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels  

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"Jean Foucquet came later; and a picture is still left us from which his manner may be judged. It is the portrait of Agnes Sorel, mistress of Charles VII., in the garb of the Virgin Mary, and surrounded by angels with red wings. This, after all, is a repulsive picture, hung up high in the Gallery of Antwerp, where the name of the master is not known, but is unmistakeably Flemish in tone and execution. It is a panel which gives us an imitation of Van der Weyden, and a foretaste of Memling; but is far below the works of these masters."--Early Flemish Painters (1856) is a book by Joseph A. Crowe and Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle

Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels (detail, c. 1450) Jean Fouquet
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Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels (detail, c. 1450) Jean Fouquet

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Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels (c. 1450) is the right wing of the Melun Diptych by Jean Fouquet showing a pale Virgin and Child surrounded by red and blue angels. It is currently housed at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. Since at least the seventeenth century, the Virgin has been recognized as a portrait of Agnès Sorel.

The painting is an example of the Maria lactans category.

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