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Virgin and Child

ca. 1250
North French
Overall (without modern base): 11 5/8 x 4 3/4 x 4 1/16 in. (29.5 x 12.1 x 10.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.181a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
The affection displayed by Mother and Child became increasingly popular in northern Europe in the thirteenth century. In a variation of an iconic Byzantine image known as the Virgin Eleousa, the Virgin is portrayed receiving a tender touch on the chin. This statuette was originally set into a protective tabernacle.
Charles Stein, Paris (until 1886); [his posthumous sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris (May 10–14, 1886, no. 22, to Odiot)]; Ernest Odiot, Paris (sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, April 26-27, 1889); Martin Hecksher, Vienna (until 1898); [ Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co., Inc., Paris and New York (from 1898)]; Georges Hoentschel (French); J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York
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Catalogue of the renowned Collection of Works of Art, chiefly of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries, formed by the late Martin Heckscher. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, May 4–6, 1898. no. 190, p. 37, ill. opp. p. 36.

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