Virgin and Child

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Probably Liège, Belgium
Virgin and Child, 1350/80
Alabaster on marble base
19 1/4 × 6 × 4 1/4 in. (48.9 × 15.24 × 10.8 cm)
Purchase, with funds from the Fine Arts Society, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Monroe, Jr., Susan and Raymond Kehm in memory of John and Anne Coffey and Adolph and Bertha Kehm, Rose Mary and Francis Matusinec, and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Barbara Brumder Buzard Fund M2002.175
Photo credit: John Nienhuis
Currently on View

This sculpture of the Virgin and Child is an excellent example of carved alabaster-a fine-grained, relatively translucent stone that polishes well and is rich in color. Alabaster and ivory were especially valued for their inherent beauty, and sculptures made from these materials were usually left partially or wholly unpainted, as are the examples in this display case.

Publication History
Winters, Laurie et al. A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1999, p. 118, cat. 55, color illus.

Gómez-Moreno, Carmen. Medieval Art from Private Collections. New York, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters, 1968, no. 37. (as Lower Rhenish or Mosan)
Exhibition History
A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama, April 17–June 14, 1988; The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, August 1–November 1, 1998; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, December 11, 1998–March 14, 1999; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 29–June 20, 1999; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee, July 11–September 12, 1999; Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Standford, California, October 12, 1999–January 2, 2000.

Medieval Art from Private Collections, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters, 1968–69.


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