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Diptych with the Virgin and Child, and the Crucifixion
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Diptych with the Virgin and Child, and the Crucifixion


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description On this diptych, the emotional quality of the Crucifixion is increased by the detail of the blood that spurts from Christ's side and pierces the Virgin's breast like a knife. This motif probably originated in Germany and was derived from the prophecy of the holy man Simeon (in the Gospel of Luke) that a sword would pierce the Virgin's soul as a mark of her special suffering.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
1/07/1981Examinationexamined for loan
8/26/1981Examinationexamined for loan
Exhibitions
  • The International Style: The Arts in Europe Around 1400. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1962.
  • Les Fastes du Gothique: le Si├Ęcle de Charles V. Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris. 1981-1982.
Provenance George de Waroquier, Toulouse; Sigismond Bardac, Paris; Arnold Seligmann, New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1922, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions On the back of the right leaf inscribed in faded ink: Ardenus Grassus de Morario loci de Burossa Lascurensis diocesis; [Traslation] Ardenus Grassus de Morario, of Buros, in the diocese of Lascar.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1922

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Period
1350-1360 (Medieval)
Medium
ivory with traces of paint
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.276
Measurements
8 1/16 x 10 5/16 x 3/8 in. (20.5 x 26.2 x 1 cm)
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