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Statue - The Virgin and Child

The Virgin and Child

  • Object:

    Statue

  • Place of origin:

    France (North, made)

  • Date:

    between 1330-1350 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carrara marble carved in high relief

  • Museum number:

    6982-1860

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This Virgin and Child would probably have been set within a painted and gilded wooden tabernacle.
The head of the Christ Child appears to be a nineteenth century replacement.

Physical description

The Virgin holds the Christ Child on her left arm and the base of a lily stem and staff (hollowed out) in her right hand. The Christ Child wearing a full length tunic, holds a fruit in His left hand and reaches out across the Virgin's chest to grasp the end of her veil.

Place of Origin

France (North, made)

Date

between 1330-1350 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carrara marble carved in high relief

Dimensions

Height: 100.3 cm, Width: 32 cm, Depth: 9 cm

Historical context note

This Virgin and Child would probably have been set within a painted and gilded wooden tabernacle, as is documented for a comparable figure, executed in Paris in 1341 for a monument in Langres Cathedral (Champagne). The head of the Christ Child appears to be a nineteenth century replacement.

Descriptive line

Statue, marble, the Virgin and Child, Northern France, between 1330-1350

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1860. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 41
Avery, Charles, In: Middeldorf, Ulrich. Sculpture for the Samuel H. Kress Collection. European Schools XIV-XIX Century. London, 1976, pp. 86-87
Williamson, Paul and Evelyn, P. Northern Gothic Sculpture 1200-1450. London, 1988, pp. 122&125.

Materials

Carrara marble

Techniques

Carving; High relief

Subjects depicted

Fruit; Christianity; Veil

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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