Virgin and Child with Bird
- mid-15th century
- Limestone with polychromy
- Overall: 58 1/4 x 22 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (148 x 56.5 x 33.7 cm)
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- Gift of Max and Elinor Toberoff, 1997
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Represented as Queen of Heaven, the Virgin holds a playful Christ Child who, in turn, has caught a bird in flight. The bird symbolizes the soul and its resurrection. The bird nourishes itself on the blood of Christ, an act that refers to the Eucharist.