Gerrit van Honthorst (Dutch painter, 1590-1656) Adoration of the Shepherds
Gerard David (Netherlandish, ca. 1455–1523). Virgin and Child with Four Angels, ca. 1510–15. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1977 (1977.1.1)
Virgin and Child in Majesty, 1150–1200 French; Made in Auvergne Walnut with paint, gesso, and linen This type of sculpture, with the Christ Child seated in the Virgin's lap in a frontal pose, is known as a Sedes Sapientiae (Throne of Wisdom). These seemingly straightforward images convey complex theological ideas. Mary serves as Christ's throne.