Tomb Effigy Bust of Marie de France (1327-41), daughter of Charles IV of France and Jeanne d'Evreux

Artist: Jean de Liège (Franco-Netherlandish, active ca. 1361–died 1381)

Date: ca. 1381

Geography: Made in Île de France

Culture: French

Medium: Marble with lead inlays

Dimensions: Overall (without base): 12 1/4 x 12 3/4 x 6 3/16 in. (31.1 x 32.4 x 15.7 cm)

Classification: Sculpture-Stone

Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941

Accession Number: 41.100.132

Description

The Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis was the burial church for the rulers of France and their families. Many of the tombs were vandalized in the wake of the French Revolution. This elegant image once formed a part of the tomb effigy of the princess Marie de France (1327–1341) and her sister Blanche de France (1328–1393). Although Marie died in 1341, her effigy was not carved until about forty years later, by the court sculptor Jean de Liège. The appearance of the tomb is known from a drawing made before 1715 (see alternate view). Originally the head rested upon a stone pillow and the princess wore a metal crown. Her braided hair is arranged in the courtly fashion of the time the sculpture was carved.

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