Virgin and Child

A work made of ivory.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of ivory.

Date:

1240/50

Artist:

Northern France

About this artwork

This seated Virgin and Child was carved in the middle of the 13th century, a time when private devotional practices became increasingly popular. In bedchambers or in small oratories, private domestic spaces set aside for prayer, images like this would have served as focal points for prayer and meditation. During the High Middle Ages, the Virgin was revered as a powerful intercessor between humanity and Christ. At the same time, she was also worshipped as the Queen of Heaven. Although the Virgin’s crown has been damaged and the gesture of her right hand is no longer clear, the figure group combines austere majesty and tenderness.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 236

Title

Virgin and Child

Origin

French

Date

1235–1255

Medium

Ivory

Dimensions

22.4 × 9.5 cm (8 7/8 × 3 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Kate S. Buckingham Endowment

Reference Number

1971.786

Extended information about this artwork

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