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Enthroned Virgin and Child

Date:
ca. 1430
Geography:
Made in Middle Rhine Valley, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Walnut, polychromy and gilding
Dimensions:
Overall: 13 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 5 1/8 in. (33.7 x 14.6 x 13 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Wood
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic B. Pratt, 1944
Accession Number:
44.85.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
Combining qualities of sweetness and fragility, the popular theme of the “beautiful Madonna” was an appealing creation in central European art about 1400. This devotional statuette, carved in the later “soft style” of about 1420–40, may have adorned a domestic altar.
George Brauer(until 1909); Mr. and Mrs. Frederic B. Pratt, Brooklyn and Glen Cove, N.Y. (1909-1935)
Suckale, Robert, ed. Schöne Madonnen am Rhein. Leipzig: E. A. Seemann, 2009. no. 51, pp. 61-2, 64-6, 116, 175, 191, 212.



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