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Virgin and Child

Date:
ca. 1250
Culture:
North French
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
Overall (without modern base): 11 5/8 x 4 3/4 x 4 1/16 in. (29.5 x 12.1 x 10.3 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.181a, b
  • Description

    The affection displayed by Mother and Child became increasingly popular in northern Europe in the thirteenth century. In a variation of an iconic Byzantine image known as the Virgin Eleousa, the Virgin is portrayed receiving a tender touch on the chin. This statuette was originally set into a protective tabernacle.

  • Provenance

    Charles Stein, Paris (until 1886); Ernest Odiot, Paris (sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, April 26-27, 1889); Martin Hecksher, Vienna (until 1898); [ Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co., Inc., Paris and New York (from 1898)]; Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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