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Saint Bridget of Sweden
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Saint Bridget of Sweden

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Description Saint Bridget (ca. 1303-1373) was canonized for her great piety and her exemplary dedication to the poor. Her greatest influence, however, was through her writings, recording her visions of Christ. These widely-circulated accounts-represented here by the book she carries-provided artists, especially in northern Europe, with sources for their imagery. The remarkable suggestion of soft skin and mouth humanize the saint. This treatment is a fine reflection of how 15th-century artists conveyed the new interest in inner spiritual states through a naturalistic rendering of surface characteristics. In addition, the large head and small lower portions of this figure suggest that it was meant to be seen from below.

Examined for active salt effluorescence

Cleaned to remove soluble salts formed due to exposure to volatile organic acids off-gassed from materials within display case.

Date Description Narrative
9/06/1962Examinationexamined for condition; cleaned
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1921, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1921

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ca. 1430-1460 (Late Medieval)
limestone with traces of paint
Accession Number
24 1/2 x 11 7/16 x 8 1/4 in. (62.3 x 29 x 21 cm)


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