Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Virgin and Child

Date:
ca. 1340–50
Geography:
Made in probably Paris, Île-de-France, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Limestone, paint, gilt, glass
Dimensions:
68 × 22 13/16 × 11 1/4 in. (172.7 × 58 × 28.5 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1937
Accession Number:
37.159
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 8
This monumental image of the Virgin and Child is carved in the style of Parisian sculptures from about 1340. Here, the Christ Child playfully reaches for the Virgin's veil. Remarkably, the sculpture retains most of its original paint and gilding and appears today much as it would have in the fourteenth century.
Lord Caledon ; James Simon, Berlin ; Deutsches Museum ; [ Nicolas Brimo, Paris (sold 1935)] ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1935–1937)]
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Kunz, Tobias. Bildwerke nördlich der Alpen 1050 bis 1380: Kritischer Bestandskatalog. Berlin: Michael Imhof, 2014. p. 500, fig. V12.



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