The Merciful Virgin of the Cadard family

Merciful Virgin - Enguerrand Quarton © RMN
1453 - Enguerrand Quarton - (Active in Aix then in Avignon from 1444 to 1462)
Merciful Virgin - Enguerrand Quarton © RMN

Banker Pierre Cadard commisionnd this painting in 1452 for the church of the Celestins of Avignon. It represents the Virgin extending her mantle of mercy over the clercs on the left (Pope, Cardinals, Archbishops, monks) and over the non-religious to the right (emperor, king, queen, bourgeois, peasants). On both sides are the Pierre Cadard's parents, Jean Cadard and Jeanne des Moulins, in prayers, presented by their patron saints, Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist.

Merciful Virgin - Enguerrand Quarton © RMN