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Virgin and Child

ca. 1300–1330
Limestone with polychromy
Overall: 48 1/2 x 21 x 14 in. (123.2 x 53.3 x 35.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
Regally enthroned and crowned as Queen of Heaven, the Virgin Mary wears contemporary clothing of the noble classes. Her mantle simulates brocade with a fur lining and gilded patterned borders, and her belt is placed high on the bodice following the fashion of the time. The sculpture may have been displayed in a castle chapel, a parish church, or a hospital.
From the Church of Saint-Chéron, Eastern Champagne, Marine; Church of Saint-Chéron, Champagne, Marine(until 1883); Charles (?) Lemaire, Paris (sold 1938); [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1938–sold 1939)]
Forsyth, William H. Medieval Sculptures of the Virgin and Child: A Picture Book. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1939. fig. 7.

Luce, Stephen Bleecker. "Archaeological News and Discussions." American Journal of Archaeology: The Journal of the Archaeological Institute of America 46, no. 2 (April-June 1942). p. 270.

Stubblebine, James H. "French Gothic Elements in Simone Martini's Maestà." Gesta 29, no. 1 (1990). p. 139, fig. 5.

Wixom, William D. "Medieval Sculpture at the Metropolitan: 800 to 1400." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 62, no. 4 (2005). p. 34.

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