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Virgin and Child

Maker(s) &

Scheemaekers, Peeter I, production, Flemish sculptor, 1652-1714, Netherlands, Flanders, Antwerp, Southern Netherlands, probably Antwerp


This terracotta was the model for a larger wooden carving in the church of St Martin's in Heers (Limburg), commissioned by the Duchess of Arenberg in 1702, and documented in the archives of the church. The presence of the serpent and crescent moon is a reference to Revelations 12.1.




figure group


circa 1702




early 18th Century


Terracotta, modelled in the round
Pale orange-pink terracotta, modelled in the round except for a vertical area at the back which permits it to be attached to a wall or stand. The reverse is hollowed out behind the clouds. The graceful Madonna is seated on a bank of clouds with two winged cherub's heads emerging on her left and one on her right. Her right foot is extended slightly and rests on a serpent with a fruit in its mouth, above the crescent moon. She looks tenderly downwards towards the Christ Child who stands on clouds beside her, and places her right arm protectively behind him. Her left hand rests on her left knee. The lightly draped Christ Child stands on his left leg with his right bent at the knee and slightly raised. He holds out his left hand towards his mother, and has his right arm raised and bent at the elbow.


hand-modelling; whole


terracotta; whole; pale orange-red


terracotta, hand-modelled in the round at the top, and in high relief on the lower part


height, whole, 70, cm
width, whole, 49.5, cm


bought; 2006-01-30; Daniel Katz Ltd


The Duchess of Arenburg; her husband the Comte de Rivière; by descent to the Marquis de Rivière, late 19th century. Purchased at a Fair in Belgium in late 2004 by the vendor, Daniel Katz Ltd., 13 New Bond Street, London,W1S 4SX.


Duchess of Arenburg

Acquisition Credit:

Purchased with the Boscawen Fund and a grant from the National Art Collections Fund


entry form number; 637; The Fitzwilliam Museum; 2005-07-21


Dusar, Albert. 1970. Limburgs Kunstbezit van prehistorie tot classicisme.p. 172
Cf. p. 172, pl. 143, the larger wooden statue in the church of St Martin's in Heers (Limburg),

Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp. 2000. 17th and 18th Century Terracottas, The Van Herck Collection.Antwerp: p. 68
Ref. p. 68 for Peeter Scheemaeckers

, National Art Collections Fund2006. Art Quarterly, The Art Fund Summer 2006.London: The Art Fundp. 21
Publ. p. 21 under Works of Art

, The Fitzwilliam Museum2007. The Fitzwilliam Museum Review 2004-2006.Cambridge (Cambs.): The Fitzwilliam Museump. 55
Publ. p. 55 with colour illustration

Poole, Julia E.. 2007. 5705, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Mueum, Peter Scheemaeckers the Elder (1652-1714), Madonna and Child.London: The Art Fund
Source Title: 2006 Review, The Annual Report of The Art Fund(2007) : 76
p. 76
Publ. p. 76 with colour illustration


Object Number: M.1-2006
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 126008; input: 2006-02-02; modified: 2016-08-24)


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