The Virgin and Child - inv. 3508

Titolo: 
The Virgin and Child
Numero di Inventario: 
3508
Tipologia: 
statue and reliefs
Collezione: 

Sculpture

Classe iconografica: 
Religious
Parole chiave soggetto: 
The Virgin and the Child
Jesus Child
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Tuscan sculptor, late 13th century
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Tuscany
Italy
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Libri correlati: 
Periodo: 
1200
Datazione specifica: 
1280 ca.
Materia e Tecnica: 
painted wood
Data di Ingresso: 
1973
Acquisizione: 
Giovanni e Maly Falck
Tipo di acquisizione: 
donation
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
14th Century Room

The Virgin is seated and holding Jesus, here more a boy than an infant. He wears a long blue robe similar to his mother’s. The head of Christ, probably decayed, was refashioned in a later period: it is small in proportion to the body and the features are rather different from Mary’s. Probably both figures were originally holding something, as suggested by their poses. One of the figures may have held a book, which identified Mary as sedes sapientiae, the throne of wisdom. This is an iconography with complex theological implications. It appears in icons, miniatures, statues and paintings and comes from Byzantine art, like the frontal pose. In the Middle Ages wooden sculptures were widespread as cult images. Their three-dimensionality and rich polychrome decoration helped to bring the sacred personages closer to worshippers. Stylistic comparisons suggest this work is Florentine and dates from around 1280.

AC/DC: 
DC