Virgin and Child, Marble with gilding, French

Virgin and Child

Date:
ca. 1350
Geography:
Made in Champagne, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Marble with gilding
Dimensions:
Overall: 34 5/8 x 10 3/4 x 5 7/8 in., 78lb. (87.9 x 27.3 x 14.9 cm, 35380.6g)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1928
Accession Number:
28.76
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 08
The Virgin is shown with a crown and scepter as the Queen of Heaven. Her scepter, depicted as a rose branch, alludes to the homily of the Virgin as the rose without thorns (or without sin) or as the rose of Jericho that sprang up at the resting places of the Holy Family during the Flight into Egypt. The dove held by the Christ Child represents peace, purity and the Holy Spirit. This work, with its elegant proportions and horizontal, looping drapery folds, is related in style to a large sculpture of the Virgin and Child given to the abbey of St.-Denis in 1340 by Jeanne d'Evreux, the widowed queen of Charles IV. Her tiny book of hours can be found in The Cloisters Treasury.
From the parish church of Cernay-les-Reims; Germanisches Nationalmuseum(?); Jacques Seligmann, Paris and New York; George and Florence Blumenthal, Paris and New York (until 1928)
Forsyth, William Holmes. "Madonnas of the Rhone-Meuse Valleys." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 28, no. 6 (February 1970). pp. 252–61, fig. 2, 5, 13.

Gómez-Moreno, Carmen, ed. Medieval Images: A Glimpse into the Symbolism and Reality of the Middle Ages. Katonah: Katonah Museum of Art, 1978. no. 17, pp. 7, 19.

Profil du Metropolitan Museum of Art de New York, de Ramsès à Picasso. Paris: Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, 1981.

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. 21, pp. 74–75.