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Statuette - A Virgin Saint

A Virgin Saint

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Austria (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1410-1420 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved limewood

  • Museum number:

    A.36-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This Virgin Saint would originally have belonged to a multi-figured altarpiece. Like many other wood sculptures of this date it has been completely stripped off its paint. The facial type and the drapery belong to the so-called 'International Style' - or 'Soft Style' - of the 'Schöne Madonnen' ('Beautiful Madonnas') and Pietà groups produced in different places in Central Europe: in this case, it is possible to give a more exact ascription to the area around Salzburg. Figures of this type were widely exported, and influenced the style of certain workshops in Central and Northern Italy.

Physical description

The Virgin is seated , wearing a gown and mantle arranged in heavy folds. Both hands are broken off and no distinctive emblem remains.

Place of Origin

Austria (made)

Date

ca. 1410-1420 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved limewood

Dimensions

Height: 69 cm without crown

Object history note

This Virgin Saint would originally have belonged to a multi-figured altarpiece. Like many other wood sculptures of this date it has been completely stripped off its paint. The facial type and the drapery belong to the so-called 'International Style' - or 'Soft Style' - of the 'Schöne Madonnen' ('Beautiful Madonnas') and Pietà groups produced in different places in Central Europe: in this case, it is possible to give a more exact ascription to the area around Salzburg. Figures of this type were widely exported, and influenced the style of certain workshops in Central and Northern Italy.

Descriptive line

Statuette, limewood, A Virgin Saint, Austria (Salzburg), ca. 1410-1420

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

Williamson, Paul and Evelyn, P. Northern Gothic Sculpture 1200-1450. London, 1988, pp. 178 & 181.
Gillerman, Dorothy (ed.). Gothic Sculpture in America, I, The New England Museums, London, New York, 1989, cat. No. 154

Labels and date

This Virgin Saint would originally have belonged to a multi-figured altarpiece. Like many other wood sculptures of this date it has been completely stripped off its paint. The facial type and the drapery belong to the so-called 'International Style' - or 'Soft Style' - of the 'Schöne Madonnen' ('Beautiful Madonnas') and Pietà groups produced in different places in Central Europe: in this case, it is possible to give a more exact ascription to the area around Salzburg. Figures of this type were widely exported, and influenced the style of certain workshops in Central and Northern Italy. [1993]

Production Note

Salzburg

Materials

Limewood

Techniques

Carving

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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