1501 - 1504
This Madonna and Child by the renowned renaissance artist Michelangelo looks almost divine. The image is not classic. The child isn’t lying lovingly in the arms of its mother, but is standing upright. Mary’s face bears a sad expression, as if she already knows his fate. The white Carrara marble is of the purest sort, milky-white and fine. Michelangelo created this work just after his renowned Pietà in the early 16th century. It was the only statue to leave Italy during his lifetime. A rich cloth merchant from Bruges was able to buy it. Bruges was in danger of losing the statue on two occasions, namely during the French Revolution and World War II.