The Virgin Mary

Artist: Manner of Germain Pilon (French, Paris ca. 1525–1590 Paris)

Date: ca. 1585–90

Culture: French

Medium: Gilt bronze

Dimensions: Height: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)

Classification: Sculpture-Bronze

Credit Line: Gift of Lois and Anthony Blumka, in honor of Olga Raggio, 1998

Accession Number: 1998.437


This figure comes from a Crucifixion group in which the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist would have flanked Christ on the Cross. The slender proportions and flowing drapery folds relate closely to Germain Pilon’s Mourning Virgin (ca. 1585), commissioned by Catherine de Médicis (1519–1589) for her funerary chapel at Saint-Denis.