Standing Virgin and Child, Ivory, North French

Standing Virgin and Child

Date:
ca. 1270–80
Culture:
North French
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 1/2 x 3 1/16 x 1 13/16 in. (26.7 x 7.8 x 4.6 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.165
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
Wearing a crown, Mary originally held the infant Jesus, now missing. The worn surface suggests that this private devotional image was caressed and kissed. The graceful sway, tall proportions, and elegant folds relate the figure to monumental sculpture produced in northern France.
Comte Jacques de Bryas, Paris (sold 1905); his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris (February 6, 1905, no. 8); [ Jacques Seligmann, Paris (sold 1905)]; J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (1905–1913)
Catalogue des Tableaux Anciens [...] Objects d'Art Anciens Provenant de la Collection de M. le Comte Jacques de Bryas. Paris: Hôtel Drouot, February 6, 1905. no. 8, p. 4, ill.

Koechlin, Raymond. Les Ivoires Gothiques Français: Volume I, Text. Paris: Editions Auguste Picard, 1924. no. 691, p. 244.

Koechlin, Raymond. Les Ivoires Gothiques Français: Volume II, Catalogue. Paris: Editions Auguste Picard, 1924. no. 631, p. 237.

Koechlin, Raymond. Les Ivoires Gothiques Français: Volume III, Plates. Paris: Editions Auguste Picard, 1924. no. 631, pl. CV.

Songs of Glory: Medieval Art from 900 to 1500. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Museum of Art, 1985. no. 78, pp. 227–28.

Randall Jr., Richard H. Masterpieces of Ivory from the Walters Art Gallery. Walters Art Gallery, 1985. pp. 182 n. 15, 210.

Sutton, Denys, ed. Treasures from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: French Art from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Yokohama: Yokohama Museum of Art, 1989. no. 12, p. 69.

Pushkin Museum and State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-Prikladnoe Iskusstvo ot Pozdnei Antichnosti do Pozdnei Gotiki: Kratkii Katalog Vystavki. Moscow: Pushkin Museum, 1990. no. 40, p. 11.

State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-Prikladnoe Iskusstvo ot Pozdnei Antichnosti do Pozdnei Gotiki. St. Petersburg: State Hermitage Museum, 1990. no. 40, pp. 86-87.