This small-scale circular panel is a high-quality version of a subject much loved by Simon Vouet during his years in Paris: the Virgin Mary with the Christ Child. In particular, the iconography of this picture, with a rose held in the Virgin’s left hand, must have met with great success. An original version on canvas of this subject is cited in the inventory of the paintings present in Vouet’s studio, drawn up in January 1639: “une Vierge tenant son effant, ayan una roze à la main, pinte par ledict sieur Vouet, estant sul thoille, garnye d’une bordure dorée” (“a Virgin holding her child, with a rose in her hand, painted by the said monsieur Vouet, on canvas, adorned with a gold frame”); its value assessed as 200 livres.
The highquality of this little panel and its exquisite handling enable us to affirm Simon Vouet’s authorship.
Milano, Koelliker collection
- D. Jacquot – G. Kazerouni, Eclairages sur un chef – d’œuvre. Loth et ses filles de Simon Vouet, exh. cat., Strasbourg, Musée des Beaux-Arts, 20 October 2005 – 22 January 2006, p. 166, n° 26.