Pere Girard

Saint Anne, Mother of the Virgin Mary

Saint Anne, Mother of the Virgin Mary by Pere Girard

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The Girard Master was a Valencian painter who included Catalan elements in his work, such as the embossed Cuphic (ancient Arabic) symbols which appear in the border of St Anne's garment, alongside the traditional colours, red symbolising divine love and green, immortality. The arms of both mother and daughter serve as thrones for their respective offspring. Anne's wimple is that of everyday women, whereas the Virgin is crowned as Queen of Heaven. Her son carries the orb of sovereignty, his right hand raised in the traditional gesture of blessing.

Title
Saint Anne, Mother of the Virgin Mary
Artist/creator
Production date
circa 1470
Medium
tempera and gesso on panel
Size (h x w)
1295 x 609 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery, 1966
Accession no
1966/26
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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