Hesselin Madonna

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The Hesselin Madonna (French - La Vierge Hesselin, La Vierge à l'enfant Hesselin or La Madone Hesselin) or Madonna of the Oak Cutting (La Vierge au rameau de chêne) is a c.1640-1645 oil on canvas painting produced by Simon Vouet for the Paris house of Louis XIII's secretary Louis Hesselin. Its history between then and 1904 is unknown - that year it was exhibited in a gallery in London. In 2004 it was bought for the Louvre (where it still hangs) thanks to a business patron.