Enthroned Virgin and Child

North French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304

Crowned as the Queen of Heaven, Mary is seated on a richly ornamented throne, while the infant Jesus holds an orb or apple and blesses. Mary also tramples a dragon in triumph—a visual reference to the Book of Genesis (3:15), in which God declares to the serpent, “I will put enmity between thee and the woman.” The fluid drapery style is a hallmark of northern sculpture about 1200.

Enthroned Virgin and Child, Oak with traces of polychromy, North French

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