French / Virgin and Child in Majesty / 1150-1200French
Virgin and Child in Majesty

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Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Name-CRT: French
Title: Virgin and Child in Majesty
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Creation Start Date: 1150
Creation End Date: 1200
Creation Date: 1150-1200
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture-wood
Materials and Techniques: Oak, polychromy, gesso, linen
Dimensions: H. 31 in. (78.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 16.32.194
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1916

This Virgin and Child enthroned in majesty is known as a Throne of Wisdom that is intended to express the complex dogma of the incarnation of Christ. Here the Virgin is understood as Mother of God and Jesus as the living logos (Word of God). At the same time, such an image often functioned as a container for holy relics and this figure contains two cavities probably for this purpose; one that is still intact is concealed behind the Virgin's shoulder, the other panel in the front on her chest is a later addition.

A gift to the Museum by the famous financier and collector J. Pierpont Morgan, this masterpiece of wood carving possesses extensive sections of its original polychromy, especially on the throne and cushion. The figure combines the abstract yet lyrical drapery patterns of the mantle with a more natural face. These are characteristic of a series of statues produced in central France during the twelfth century.

AMICA ID: MMA_.16.32.194
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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