BURGUNDIAN VIRGIN OF CALVARY

BURGUNDIAN VIRGIN OF CALVARY

 

ORIGIN : FRANCE, BURGUNDY, DIJON
PERIOD : AROUND 1500

 

Height : 96 cm
Length : 34 cm

Depth : 20 cm

 

Polychrome walnut

 

 

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This extraordinary gentle Virgin of Calvary is treated in the round. Originating in Burgundy this sculpture is characteristic of its region and period.

She wears a dress with golden pleats and intricate sleeves with narrow cuffs as well as a veil and a cloak with an ocellated edge.

The pleats of her large red-lined blue cloak is trimmed with gold and falls in deep and very architectural folds as also does the dress. This large cloak swathed the Virgin in a beautiful movement.With her long and soft hands she holds flaps of the dress over her chest. The hood is placed in a beautiful manner shadowing the Virgin’s face, emphasizing the suffering and contemplation of the woman.

This is how Burgundian sculpture of the time expresses that particular spirituality. The style of Dijon and particularly of Sluter appears clearly in the way the veil adopts the likeness of a hood, the way shapes are modeled, the softness of the folds as well as the general balance of the masses.

This Virgin of Calvary would be accompanied by the apostle John both flanking the Christ on the cross forming a Crucifixion ensemble.