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Jean Gossart (c. 1478-1532)

The Children of Christian II, King of Denmark (1481-1559) 1526

RCIN 405782

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The three royal children depicted are in mourning for their mother, Isabella Queen of Denmark, who died in 1526. This may explain their sombre expressions, with their porcelain-like complexions conveying vulnerability. Gossaert compressed the figures into a small fictively-framed space to accentuate the family bond. The quinces symbolise fertility and marriage; the cherries allude to paradise.