The Sick Child, Gabriël Metsu, c. 1664 - c. 1666

The Sick Child, Gabriël Metsu, c. 1664 - c. 1666

oil on canvas, h 32.2cm × w 27.2cm. More details

In 1663 the plague raged throughout Amsterdam, killing one in ten citizens. Dating from around this time is Metsu’s poignant portrayal of a sick child, rendered in powerful, bright colours against a grey background. The scene is reminiscent of a pieta, a representation of the Virgin Mary holding her son’s dead body in her lap. The painting of the Crucifixion on the back wall also recalls Christ’s suffering.

On display in room 2.25 Daily life Gabriël Metsu

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