The Virgin Mary
Manner of Germain Pilon French
This figure comes from a Crucifixion group in which the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist would have flanked Christ on the Cross. The slender proportions and flowing drapery folds relate closely to Germain Pilon’s Mourning Virgin (ca. 1585), commissioned by Catherine de Médicis (1519–1589) for her funerary chapel at Saint-Denis.