Virgin and Child, Ivory with traces of polychromy and gilding, North French

Virgin and Child

Date:
ca. 1250–75
Culture:
North French
Medium:
Ivory with traces of polychromy and gilding
Dimensions:
Overall: 14 15/16 x 3 5/8 x 2 11/16 in. (37.9 x 9.2 x 6.8 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.191a-e
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Material has a direct impact on form, especially in the case of ivory sculpture. Here the graceful curve of the Virgin’s body reflects the shape of the elephant tusk from which the statue was carved. The monumental quality of this ivory closely corresponds to stone sculpture on Gothic cathedrals.
Kann ; [ Galerie A. Imbert, Rome (sold 1911)]; J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (1911–1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(1913–1917)
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