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Virgin

Date:
ca. 1250
Geography:
Made in Strasbourg, Alsace, present-day France
Culture:
German
Medium:
Sandstone, original paint
Dimensions:
Overall: 58 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 14 1/2in. (148.6 x 47 x 36.8cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Stone
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1947
Accession Number:
47.101.11
  • Description

    This sculpture originally stood on the choir screen of Strasbourg Cathedral. Its place of honor near the center was marked by a canopy with angels holding a crown over the Virgin's head. The now-missing Christ Child stood on a rosebush next to Mary, emphasizing her role in the genealogy of Christ. Among the great examples of Gothic sculpture, this figure is remarkable for its delicate modeling, the large breaking folds of its mantle, and its surviving paint.

  • Provenance

    From the former choir screen of the Cathedral of Strasbourg; C. Joret , Paris ; [ Henri Daguerre , Paris ] ; J. H. Fitzhenry (until d. 1913) ; his sale, Christie, Manson and Woods (November 18-19, 24-26, 1913) ; [ Alphonse Kann 1870–1948 , Paris (1/2 interest sold 1933)] ; [ Demotte Inc. , Paris and New York (1/2 interest sold 1933) ] ; [ Brummer Gallery , Paris and New York (1933–sold 1947) ]

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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