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Saint Bridget of Sweden

Artist:
Master of Soeterbeeck (active ca. 1470–80)
Date:
ca. 1470
Geography:
Made in Brabant, Netherlands
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Walnut, rock crystal cabochon. Originally painted.
Dimensions:
Overall: 33 7/8 x 17 5/8 x 11 3/8 in. (86 x 44.8 x 28.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Wood
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1916
Accession Number:
16.32.197
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
Braun, Joseph. Tracht und Attribute der Heiligen in der deutschen Kunst. Stuttgart 1943: J. B. Metzler, 1943. col. 140, fig. 62.

Pijoán, José. Summa artis: Historia general del arte. Volume 11, Arte gótico de la Europa occidental, siglos XIII, XIV y XV. Madrid: Espasa-Calpe, 1947. p. 311, fig. 534.

"Suche hatte einen Erfolg: Ein Bild der Birgitta von Schweden jetzt in New York." Rheinische Post 234 (October 8, 1966).

Braunfels, Wolfgang. Lexikon der Christlichen Ikonographie: Volume 5, Ikonographie der Heiligen; Aaron bis Crescentianus von Rom. Rome: Herder, 1973. p. 402.

van Liebergen, Léon. "Een beeld van een vrouwelijke heilige door de Meester van de heiligenbeelden uit Leende." Museum voor Religieuze Kunst-Uden Informatiebulletin 6 (October 1981). p. 40, fig. 4.

Birgitta van Zweden, 1303-1373: 600 jaar kunst en cultuur van haar kloosterorde. Uden: Museum voor Religieuze Kunst, 1986. no. 52, p. 108, fig. 73.

van Liebergen, Léon. "Het klooster Soeterbeeck, kort historisch overzicht." Museum voor Religieuze Kunst-Uden Informatiebulletin 9 (June 1986). no. 6, p. 87, fig. 16, 17.

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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