The Virgin and Child with Writing Case
Austria, beginning of the 15th century
This is a characteristically 15th century variation on the more formal Throne of Wisdom type from earlier centuries. We still have the throne, mother, child, and book; but the work emphasizes the child's twofold identity as divine and human – human, because the boy has fallen asleep during his lesson; divine, because the pen signifies his authorship of all.
More of the portraits of the Virgin Mary
Photographed at the Louvre by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.