Madonna and Child with the Milk Soup: Gerard David

David Gerard: Madonna and Child with the Milk Soup

Nothern Netherlandish artist Gerard David painted a number of works that illustrate this same theme such as Madonna and Child with the Milk Soup.

Madonna and Child with the Milk Soup, from around 1510-1515 portrays an infant Christ fed from a bowl by the Virgin Mary was a common theme for private devotion in the 16th century. By depicting the Holy Family in contemporary clothing performing a mundane domestic activity, these images served as a reminder of Christ’s humanity at the same time created a metaphor for the ways in which the Church and Christ himself would nurture his devoted followers.

The bread on the table and the jug on the cabinet in the background are further references to transubstantiation.

Gerard David’s Madonna and Child with the Milk Soup can be found at the Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

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