Virgin and Child

Master of Rabenden German

On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 20

This Virgin and Child originally was joined by a seated Saint Anne, the Virgin’s mother, to form the Holy Kinship, a group representing three generations of the Holy Family. The scale of the group suggests that it comes from the lower section, or predella, of an altarpiece. Predella sculpture thematically expanded the subject of the main altar above it, which, in this case, may have been dedicated to the Virgin.

Virgin and Child, Master of Rabenden (German, active ca. 1500–1530), Limewood with traces of polychromy, German

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