Manner of Germain Pilon (French, Paris ca. 1525–1590 Paris)
Height: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Gift of Lois and Anthony Blumka, in honor of Olga Raggio, 1998
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 544
This figure comes from a Crucifixion group in which the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist would have flanked Christ on the Cross. The slender proportions and flowing drapery folds relate closely to Germain Pilon’s Mourning Virgin (ca. 1585), commissioned by Catherine de Médicis (1519–1589) for her funerary chapel at Saint-Denis.