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Saint Margaret of Antioch

Date:
ca. 1475
Geography:
Made in Toulouse (?)
Culture:
French
Medium:
Alabaster, with traces of gilding
Dimensions:
Overall: 15 3/8 x 9 5/8 x 6 9/16in. (39 x 24.5 x 16.7cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Stone
Credit Line:
Gift of Anthony and Lois Blumka, in memory of Ruth Blumka, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.641
  • Description

    The legend of Saint Margaret, the Early Christian martyr also known as Marina, details the many painful ordeals she endured before her eventual death during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (r. 284–305). Having been swallowed by the devil in the guise of a dragon, the saint burst unharmed from its body after making the sign of the cross.

    Dating from about 1475, this work is an outstanding example of the Languedoc style of the late fifteenth century, which was centered in medieval Toulouse. This work is remarkable for the contrast of the idealism and delicacy of the figure set against the scaly and coarse textures of the lizard-turned-dragon at the base of the composition.

  • Provenance

    Émile Molinier, Paris (until 1906); [his sale, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris (June 21-28, 1906, lot 378)]; [ Jean Larcade, Paris (until at least 1960)]; Ruth and Leopold Blumka, New York (by 1967-1995); Anthony and Lois Blumka, New York (1995–2000)

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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