BURGUNDIAN VIRGIN AND CHILD

BURGUNDIAN VIRGIN AND CHILD

 

ORIGIN : FRANCE, BURGUNDY, AUXOIS WORKSHOPS
PERIOD : SECOND HALF 14th CENTURY, CIRCA 1350-1370

 

Height : 79 cm
Length : 33 cm

 

Polychrome limestone

 

Provenance : old collection Pierre & Claude Vérité

 

 

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This high quality Virgin is characteristic of the 14th century with her distant gaze, delicate face, high forehead and almond-shaped eyes. Her long strands of hair fan out on her back. She wears a small crown on her head.

Mary stands perfectly straight. She wears a red belted dress with a round collar. A heavy fur-lined blue cloak lies on her shoulders. She carries her son in her arms. The smiling strong child is swathed in his tunic. He grabs his mother’s cloak.

This majestic 14th century Virgin and Child we offer is a fine example of Burgundian art. The heavy cloth draperies are particuliar to this region. With the Flemish artist Claus Sluter staying in Burgundy to work on the Well of Moses and the Chartreuse de Champmol in Dijon a new art arose in the region, kept alive by later artists working on the tombs of the dukes of Burgundy such as Claus de Werve his nephew and Jean de la Huerta or Antoine le Moiturier.