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Statuette of the Virgin

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Standing figure with pins for attachment inserted in the base. Solid cast in one piece, chiseled and mercury gilded. Wearing a gown, mantle pulled over the head, and barbette, the Virgin stands frontally in a gentle contrapposto pose with her head leaning slightly to the right and with hands...

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Provenance

Private collection, Vienna [see note 1]. 1952, Blumka Gallery New York; 1952, sold by Blumka to the MFA for $250 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: February 14, 1952) NOTES: [1] According to the curatorial recommendation for purchase by Georg Swarzenski (February 14, 1952). [2] The MFA acquired accession nos. 52.59 and 52.60 together.

Credit Line

Seth Kettell Sweetser Fund

Virgin in Sorrow

Southern German (?), Medieval (Gothic), about 1500

Object Place

Rhineland, Germany

Dimensions

4.5 x 1.3 x 1.2 cm (1 3/4 x 1/2 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

52.60

Medium or Technique

Gilded latten (80.3% copper, 16.2% zinc, 1.9% lead, 1.6% tin)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork