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Virgin and Child with Bird

Date:
mid-15th century
Culture:
French
Medium:
Limestone with polychromy
Dimensions:
Overall: 58 1/4 x 22 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (148 x 56.5 x 33.7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Stone
Credit Line:
Gift of Max and Elinor Toberoff, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.125
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
Represented as Queen of Heaven, the Virgin holds a playful Christ Child who, in turn, has caught a bird in flight. The bird symbolizes the soul and its resurrection. The bird nourishes itself on the blood of Christ, an act that refers to the Eucharist.
Inscription: repeats AVE MARIA
Gabriel Laroche, Paris; Max and Elinor Toberoff, Paris (until 1997)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1997-1998." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 56, no. 2 (Fall 1998). pp. 16-17.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 224, pp. 182–83.



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