Virgin and Child

Date: late 16th century

Culture: German/Netherlandish

Medium: Ivory

Dimensions: H. (with base) 12-1/2 in. (31.8 cm)

Classification: Sculpture-Miniature

Credit Line: Bequest of Mary Clark Thompson, 1923

Accession Number: 24.80.89a, b


The Madonna with a crown over her flowing hair stands on a crescent moon, the symbol of her immaculate conception in Revelations. The sculpture melds late Gothic, Renaissance, and Mannerist elements in a tender portrayal of the bond between mother and child.