Enthroned Virgin and Child

Mosan or Lower-Rhenish

Not on view

Among the early images in the West to emphasize the motherly rapport of the Virgin Mary to the Christ child, this devotional sculpture is exceptional for its well-preserved polychromy. Recent conservation treatment removed overpaint, revealing the extraordinary finesse of the original decoration. The abundant use of gold underscores the regal nature of the figures, while the detailed rendering of the faces makes their humanity palpable.

Enthroned Virgin and Child, Limewood with original paint and gilding, Mosan or Lower-Rhenish

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