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Virgin and Child

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Virgin and Child








Virgin and Child, carved in lime wood in high relief but hollowed. The Virgin is seated on a throne, holding the Child on her right knee. The Child sits naked with his left arm extended. The Virgin and Child both gaze straight ahead in a hieratic manner. The wood is covered with a linen ground on which much of the original plaster and polychrome still exists, especially the red lining of the veil and the blue of the robe. A separate crown was intended to fit on to the Virgin's head over her hair and veil.

Production Notes

South German, possibly Bavarian

Very provincial, poor quality but echt (J.M.M. and M.B. 1985).

Production Place

South Germany (region)

Technique Description

carved in lime wood in high relief


height: (whole): 30.0 in
width: (whole): 17.0 in
depth: (whole): 9.0 in


2nd quarter 15th century


circa 1425 to 1450


given: The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1895 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Purchased on 29th October 1895 at Ratisbon

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.1-1895 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 30246; Input Date: 2001-06-11 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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