Flemish school, circa 1575.
Oil on copper.
It has a Neapolitan silver and ebony frame and an 18th century leather-lined case.
Measurements: 31 x 23 cm; 48.5 x 28.5 cm (frame); 54 x 32 x 9.5 cm (case).
Tender and maternal scene in which the Virgin holds the Child and tilts her face towards him, fully attentive to her son. However, the Child, who grabs the breast to feed, turns his face towards the viewer. Thus establishing direct contact and some complicity. Oil on panel in which the Virgin of the Milk or Good Milk is represented, also known as the Nourishing Virgin , Virgin of the Rest or of the Good Rest, Virgin of Belén or of the Grotto of Belén; It is an invocation and an iconography of the Virgin Mary, in which she is represented in the act of nursing the Child Jesus. This representation has had various developments in sacred art, such as painting, sculpture and the particular iconography of the Orthodox Church.The representation of the Virgin nursing the baby Jesus is mentioned by Pope Gregory the Great, a mosaic with this representation It probably dates from the 12th century is found on the facade of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, although a few other examples from the early Middle Ages still survive. It is considered that this invocation may be a syncretism of the mother-goddesses, in particular of the goddess Isis nursing Horus, and probably the first images appeared in Coptic art. The Milk Grotto is a place in Bethlehem, very close to the Basilica of the Nativity, where tradition says that the Virgin breastfed the Child, and a drop was spilled on a rock, which changed its color, turning white. Because of this, cave stones (made of calcium carbonate) were considered a relic in the first centuries because, when diluted in water, it took on the appearance of milk. The sanctuary built in this place is used by women who ask the Virgin to improve the quality of their breast milk. The model presented by the work is based on the one created by the painter Joos van Cleve at the end of the 16th century, which was very popular among his followers and school. We have an example of this model in the Belgian museum of La Boverie in Luik
14 000 €