The Virgin, standing with her weight slightly on one hip, carries the Infant on her left arm. She is wrapped in a long mantle which covers her hair and is draped over her right arm. The smiling Infant, round-faced and chubby, is half naked. He is eagerly sucking at his mother's full high breast. The face of the Virgin, leaning over her child, has a tender dreamy expression.
This sculpture in fruit wood is now monochrome but used to be multicoloured, like the stone statues of the period. The Virgin usually wore a blue veil over a red dress, and the decorative bands of her mantle were decorated in gold.
The worship of the Virgin Mary played a very important role in the religion of medieval times. This is why the Virgin and Child is the most frequently portrayed theme of 14th century sculptors. During the Middle Ages, the image of the Virgin conveyed several meanings.
Besides being the mother of Jesus Christ, she was sometimes represented as a symbol of the Church. She was also the Queen of Heaven, as indicated by her crown. However, between the 13th and the 14th century, spiritual changes were reflected in art by highlighting the motherhood of the Virgin and the tender feelings towards her child.
This new concern for humanity is evident in this group. The tender expression of the Virgin and the lively energetic attitude of the Child create a scene in which the artist successfully conveyed an understanding and feeling for childhood and maternal love.
Reproduction in hand patinated resin
- H. 41 cm (16,14"); W. 16 cm (6,30"); D. 10 cm (3,94")
- Material of the original
- Fruit wood
- Circa 1330-1340
- Paris - Musée du Moyen Âge - Thermes et Hôtel de Cluny
- Religion, Maternity
- Art movements
- Medieval art, 14th Century