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Statuette - The Virgin

The Virgin

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Tournai (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1480 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved limewood, painted and gilded

  • Museum number:

    714C-1895

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This figure of the Virgin Mary originally formed part of a Calvary group. Calvary was the name of the place where Jesus was crucified. The group included this figure, together a figure of Saint John the Evangelist (Museum no. 714D-1895), with the Crucifixion at the centre. Such groups were usually set on a beam that supported the rood or cross in a church. They were found everywhere in the late Middle Ages. However, these particular figures have a very distinctive style. This allows us to be reasonably certain that they were made in the region around Tournai and north-western Hainaut (Belgium). Most sculptors in this area worked in oak. Limewood figures, such as this piece, are unusual.

Place of Origin

Tournai (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1480 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved limewood, painted and gilded

Dimensions

Height: 105 cm without base, Width: 18 cm, Depth: 18 cm

Descriptive line

Wood polychrome Flemish 15th cent

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

Williamson, Paul, Netherlandish Sculpture 1450-1550, London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002. 160p., ill. ISBN 1851773738.

Subjects depicted

Grief; Christianity

Categories

Sculpture; Religion; Christianity

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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