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Saint Ursula of Cologne and Four Virgin Martyrs

ca. 1500
South Netherlandish
Oak, polychromy and gilding
Overall: 14 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 3 5/8 in. (36.8 x 12.1 x 9.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
Not on view
According to an early medieval legend, Saint Ursula and eleven thousand virgins were massacred by the Huns with arrows at Cologne. The saint originally may have held an arrow and a palm, signifying her martyrdom. A large series of similar figures for sculptural altarpieces was made in Malines in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century
George and Florence Blumenthal, Paris and New York (in1926-1941)
Rubinstein-Bloch, Stella. Catalogue of the Collection of George and Florence Blumenthal, New York: Volume 2, Sculpture and Bronzes, Mediaeval and Renaissance. Paris: A. Lévy, 1926. pl. XVII.

Ostoia, Vera K. The Middle Ages: Treasures from the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1969. no. 109, pp. 230-231, 261.

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. 45.

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