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Enthroned Virgin and Child

Date:
ca. 1260–80
Geography:
Made in Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Elephant ivory with traces of paint and gilding
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 1/4 x 3 x 2 7/8 in. (18.4 x 7.6 x 7.3 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Cloisters Collection and Michel David-Weill Gift, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.208
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14
This statuette of the Virgin and Child was produced at a time when Paris was the principal European center of ivory carving. The sensitively carved face of the Virgin generates a tender aura, presenting her as a loving mother rather than the Queen of Heaven. The head of the child Jesus is a modern replacement.
Jules Lowengard, Paris ; Sir Joseph Duveen, Bt., Paris ; Archer M. Huntington, New York ; Hispanic Society of America, New York (by 1906–sold 1999)
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Randall Jr., Richard H. The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Carvings in North American Collections. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1993. no. 5, p. 36.

Schatz aus den Trümmern: der Silberschrein von Nivelles und die europäische Hochgotik. Cologne: Museum Schnütgen, 1995. Discussed in reference to cat. no. 38.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1998-1999." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 57, no. 2 (Fall 1999). p. 17.

Barnet, Peter, and Nancy Y. Wu. The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005. no. 46, pp. 81, 195.

Grandmontagne, Michael. Claus Sluter und die Lesbarkeit mittelalterlicher Skulptur: das Portal der Kartause von Champmol. Worms: Wernersche Verlagsgesellschaft, 2005. p. 479 n. 988.

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Barnet, Peter, and Nancy Y. Wu. The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture. 75th Anniversary ed. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. p. 79.

Guérin, Sarah M. "An Ivory Virgin at the Metropolitan Museum, New York, in a Gothic sculptor's oeuvre." Burlington Magazine 154 (June 2012). pp. 394–402, fig. 8–9, 15–16, 18.



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