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Saint Bridget of Sweden

Master of Soeterbeeck (active ca. 1470–80)
ca. 1470
Made in Brabant, Netherlands
South Netherlandish
Walnut, rock crystal cabochon. Originally painted.
Overall: 33 7/8 x 17 5/8 x 11 3/8 in. (86 x 44.8 x 28.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1916
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
Saint Bridget of Sweden (ca. 1303–1373) is shown in the act of writing her “Revelations,” which, according to legend, were dictated to her by Christ himself. Shown in the monastic habit of the order she founded, Saint Saviour of the Brigittines, she was especially popular in Northern Europe.
From the Cloister of Soeterbeeck, The Netherlands; Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York
Wixom, William D. "Late Medieval Sculpture in the Metropolitan: 1400 to 1530." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 64, no. 4 (Spring 2007). p. 30.

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