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Virgin and Child

Date:
ca. 1300
Culture:
North French
Medium:
Boxwood
Dimensions:
Overall: 14 5/16 x 5 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (36.4 x 13.4 x 8.3 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Wood
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.118
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 8
Carved fully in the round, the statuette impresses by the delicacy of its execution and its monumental character. The sculptor introduced optical corrections to accommodate a low vantage point, as from a prie-dieu (the Virgin's left eye is slightly higher than her right eye, so that when seen from below both eyes remain visible and appear focused on the Child). The surface, worn by kisses and caresses, attests to the intimate rapport of the devout with images during the Middle Ages.
Georges Ryaux, Paris (by 1954) ; Christie's, London(sold, November 10, 2005) ; [ Blumka Gallery, New York (sold 2006)]
International Confederation of Dealers in Works of Art. Chefs-d'œuvre de la curiosité du monde : 2e exposition internationale de la C.I.N.O.A.. Paris: Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 1954. no. 93, pl. 52.

Fine European Furniture, Sculpture, Tapestries and Carpets: Including Property from a European Noble Family. London: Christie's, November 10, 2005. no. 148, p. 112.

Blumka Gallery and Julius Böhler Kunsthandlung. Collecting Treasures of the Past. Vol. 5. New York and Munich: Blumka Gallery, 2006. no. 5, unpaginated.



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