Virgin and Child


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304

The enameled book and the engraving of the Virgin’s crown and slippers and of the Child’s hair are characteristic of Limoges work. Enamels of the type for which Limoges was famous are often preserved in Spain, and, indeed, this work belonged to a Spanish collector in the late nineteenth century. In Spain, neither political revolution nor religious reformation provoked the mass destruction of church property that France experienced.

Virgin and Child, Copper: formed, repoussé, engraved, chased, scraped, and gilt; hands cast; champlevé enamel: dark, medium, and light blue; turquoise, green, yellow, red, and white; glass cabochons; wood core, French

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