Богородица и Младенец на троне {5758}
Virgin and Child enthroned
This monumental yet engagingly intimate image was probably a gift of John the Fearless, duke of Burgundy (d. 1419), or his wife Margaret of Bavaria (d. 1424) to the convent they founded at Poligny dedicated to the Franciscan Order of Poor Clares.
This is certainly one of sculptor's masterpieces.
Its original position in the convent is unknown, but the sculpture was probably installed in the area reserved for the devotions of the nuns.
In this tender portrayal Virgin's role as a personification of Wisdom is evoked by the open book on Christ's lap. In contrast to the warmth of the depiction of mother and son, the biblical inscription on the bench reminds us of Christ's fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy: "From the beginning, and before the world, was I created…" (Ecclesiasticus 24:14).
The above notwithstanding, it would be more accurate to refer to Virgin as the "Throne of Wisdom" rather than its personification.
This is one of four large sculptures from Poligny in the Museum's collection.
Rogers Fund, 1933.
Верве К. де
Claus de Werve
Нью-Йорк: Метрополитен
New-York: MMA
~1420. Poligny, Burgundy.
Carving on limestone, polychromy, gilding.
№ 33.23.
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