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Virgin and Child

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Description The Virgin supports the standing Child, who playfully pulls on her veil. Their poses represent the Child taking his first step, a warm, natural subject popular in Swiss and German regions, but less often portrayed in France. The statuette has a flat back for attachment to a larger object, such as a shrine or diptych (two hinged panels). Traces of polychromy still visible by the traces of red in the Virgin's hair and in the hem of Christ's robe.
  • A Medieval Treasury: An Exhibition of Medieval Art from the Third to the Sixteenth Century. Andrew Dickson White Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute- Museum of Art, Utica. 1968.
  • Ivory: The Sumptuous Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983-1984.
  • Images of Devotion: Personal Piety in Medieval Manuscripts and Ivories. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1997.
Provenance Léon Gruel, Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1914, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1914

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1350-1360 (Medieval)
ivory with traces of paint
(Ivory & Bone)
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6 3/8 x 2 9/16 x 7/8 in. (16.2 x 6.5 x 2.2 cm)


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