Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Virgin and Child

ca. 1425–30
Made in Nuremberg
Sandstone, polychromy
Overall: 57 1/2 x 21 1/4 x 15 in. (146 x 54 x 38.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Ilse C. Hesslein, in memory of Hans G. Hesslein and the Hesslein family, 1986
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
This monumental stone sculpture is a rare late example of the Beautiful Style, which, though pervasive in central Europe about 1400, appeared only briefly among the evolving sculptural styles in the imperial free city of Nuremberg. This sculpture was mounted under a canopy on the exterior of a house in Nuremberg until World War II.
From house at Josephsplatz 7 belonging to Hesslein family, Nuremberg (house destroyed in 1942); Hesslein family, Nuremberg (removed before 1942; stored at Nuremberg castle); Hans G. and Ilse C. Hesslein, Chappaqua, New York (returned in 1957 (?)–until 1986)
Höhn, Heinrich. Nürnberger gotische Plastik. Nuremberg: Johann Leonhard Schrag, 1922. pp. IX, 117,n. 53, ill. p. 53.

Schulz, Fritz Tr. "Der Plastische und Reliefplastische Schmuck an Nürnbergs Profanbauten." In Monographien deutscher Städte: Volume 23, Nürnberg. Berlin-Friedenau: Deutscher Kommunal-Verlag, 1927. p. 58.

Recent Acquisitions, 1986-1987 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1987). p. 17.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Seventeenth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1986, through June 30, 1987." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 117 (1987). p. 35.

Wixom, William D. "Medieval Sculpture at The Cloisters." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 46, no. 3 (Winter 1988-1989). p. 5, fig. 5.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 214, pp. 176–77.

Wixom, William D. "Late Medieval Sculpture in the Metropolitan: 1400 to 1530." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 64, no. 4 (Spring 2007). p. 14.

Kohrmann, Gisela. Vom Schönen Stil zu einem neuen Realismus: Unbekannte Skulptur in Franken 1400-1450. Studia Jagellonica Lipsiensia, Vol. 7. Ostfildern: Jan Thorbecke, 2014. p. 139, fig. 190.

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