Why There’s More to this Extraordinary Painting Than Meets the Eye

A bizarre painting explained

Christopher P Jones

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Mary and Child Surrounded by Seraphim and Cherubim, part of the Melun Diptych (1452-1458) by Jean Fouquet. Oil on panel. 94.5 × 85.5 cm. Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium. Image source Wikimedia Commons

It can take a few moments of looking to fully acclimatise to this striking image.

Made by the French artist Jean Fouquet in about 1458, it shows an enthroned Madonna holding the baby Christ on her lap.

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