This enthroned Virgin and Child triumphant over two dragons reflects the image from the Book of Psalms (91:13): “Thou shalt walk upon the asp and basilisk and thou shalt trample under foot the lion and the dragon.” The lively facial expression and the emphasis on heavy drapery forms are characteristics of stone sculpture at the Cathedral of Regensburg, in Bavaria, at the end of the thirteenth century. Recent conservation has revealed the best preserved of several paint layers, dating to the Baroque era.
Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York
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Katz, Melissa R. "Mary, the Mirror: Sacred Imagery and Secular Experience." In Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea, edited by National Museum of Women in the Arts. New York: Scala, 2014. p. 51, fig. 1.
Artist: Attributed to Master Heinrich of Constance (German, active in Constance, ca. 1300)Date: ca. 1310–20Medium: Walnut, paint, gilding, rock-crystal cabochons inset in gilt-silver mountsAccession: 17.190.724On view in:Gallery 304