The Woman Clothed with the Sun

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

n.d.

Artist:

Jean Duvet
French, 1485-after 1561

About this artwork

Duvet’s densely ornamented rendition of chapter 12 of Revelation focuses on the Virgin Mary, a resplendent figure in bejeweled robe, crown, and halo encrusted with 12 stars. Her perch on the crescent moon sets her in unflinching opposition to the seven-headed dragon opposite, and the glory of the sun’s rays emitted by her helps keep it at bay. Her charge, the infant Christ, has already been borne aloft to God the Father by angels, ensuring the salvation of humanity. Mary’s wings will allow her own escape to a higher plane, but her pious thoughts already transcend the danger.

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Artist

Jean Duvet

Title

The Woman Clothed with the Sun

Origin

France

Date

1505–1570

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

295 × 210 mm (plate); 315 × 231 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.1053

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