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The Holy Kinship (St. Anne, the Virgin, and the Christ Child)
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The Holy Kinship (St. 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 christ's extended family is known as the Holy Kinship and was especially popular in germany and the Netherlands in the late 1400s and early 1500s, 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. While the primary figure of St. Anne conveys the disnity and sense of form associated with riemenschneider, the small figures of the Christ Child and also the Virgindemonstrate much less skill in carving and appear to be the work of the master's workshop.
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Date Description Narrative
2/28/1939Treatmentcleaned; other
8/28/1944Examinationexamined for condition
10/15/1958Treatmentcleaned
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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Period
ca. 1510 (Renaissance)
Medium
wood (linden)
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
27.294
Measurements
39 3/8 x 13 x 8 1/16 in. (100 x 33 x 20.5 cm)
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