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Virgin and Child with Angel Musicians

Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen (in c. 1515)

In the early 16th century, Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen was the most important painter in Amsterdam, which was emerging as an important centre of trade. The figures in this painting are somewhat wooden, but it is a lively tableau with the baby Jesus being entertained by cherub-like angels playing instruments. The pillars with sculpted putti, holding a garland of fruit and foliage, are clearly inspired by art of the Italian Renaissance, which was in turn influenced by examples from Roman antiquity.


Title Virgin and Child with Angel Musicians
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 33
Dimensions (general) Width : 57,4 cm
Height : 66 cm
Makers Painter: Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen
Accession number 3170 (OK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed 1988
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1988
Age maker Between 38 and 48 years old
Exhibitions Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
BABEL - Oude meesters terug uit Japan / Old Masters Back from Japan (2018)
External exhibitions Collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen – Bruegel’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ and Great 16th Century Masters (2017)
Research Alma
Material Panel > Worked wood > Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

All about the maker

Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen

Oostsanen circa 1465/1470 - Amsterdam 1533