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Saint Anne, the Virgin, and the Christ Child
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Saint Anne, the Virgin, and the Christ Child

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Description The grouping of the Virgin's mother, Saint Anne, with the Virgin and the Christ Child emphasized the role of Saint Anne and was very popular in Germany, where it was known as "Anna Selbdritt" (roughly, Anna Three-in-One). Much of the wood sculpture of the time was intended to be painted. The great German sculptor Riemenschneider was the first to experiment seriously with leaving the wood unpainted, thereby emphasizing the play of volumes more than surface decoration.

It is the purpose of this article to describe the method developed at the Walters Art Gallery for the preservation and reconstruction of such wooden objects (wood sculpture).

Date Description Narrative
2/28/1939Treatmentcleaned; other
8/28/1944Examinationexamined for condition
7/09/1962Examinationexamined for loan
9/14/2006Treatmentcleaned; repaired
Provenance Raoul Heilbronner, Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1908, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1908

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ca. 1510 (Renaissance)
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39 3/8 x 13 x 8 1/16 in. (100 x 33 x 20.5 cm)


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