German / Shrine of the Virgin / ca. 1300German
Shrine of the Virgin
ca. 1300

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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Name-CRT: German
Title: Shrine of the Virgin
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1280
Creation End Date: 1320
Creation Date: ca. 1300
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Sculpture-wood
Materials and Techniques: Oak, linen covering, polychromy, gilding, gesso
Dimensions: Open: 14 1/2 x 13 5/8 in. (36.8 x 34.6 cm); closed:14 1/2 x 5 in. (36.8 x 12.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 17.190.185
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

This rare devotional shrine is designed to make manifest the miracle of the Incarnation, by which God became man. Closed, it is a statuette of the enthroned Virgin Mary nursing the Christ Child. When opened, the shrine is transformed into an altarpiece showing a sculptural representation of the Trinity (the figure of Christ and the dove of the Holy Spirit are lost), mystically revealing that salvation is achieved through Christ incarnate. On the wings are painted scenes of the Nativity.

AMICA ID: MMA_.17.190.185
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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