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Virgin with Child, Polychrome Wood, Spain, circa End 15th Century



Carving made of polychrome wood of the Virgin Mary dressed in a red tunic and with a white mantel covering her hair, shoulders and knees, sitting on a backless throne with simple architectural elements on the sides, and with the Baby Jesus also sitting on his knees, with a globe in the left hand and blessing with the right hand. On the back, at the base of the throne, a legend appears with some losses over the years: "De do? Renonbres, Madam / a religiosso wrote / that of Monsarrate, Aurora / as a child I take him / to be my entercesora "February 2, 1688 The composition of the carving follows a habitual norm in the Spanish sculpture already present in works of century XIII, as it is possible to be appreciated comparing the work with a sculpture dated towards 1200 of the National Museum of art of Catalonia, and that continues being popular in the century XV (compare the size of Santa Ana, the Virgin and Child of the fifteenth century of the Diocesan and Cathedral Museum of Valladolid). However, it should be noted that it is also a popular scheme in the rest of Europe. Taking into account the inscription on the back (which, given the date, it is a later addition), it is necessary to indicate that, although the best known Virgin of Montserrat "La Moreneta" is the patron saint of Catalonia venerated in the Monastery of Monsterrat , is not the only one of the Spanish and South American geography. Compare size with the Virgin of Monserrate de Orihuela (the original image disappeared in the Civil War, but after the conflict José María Sánchez Lozano was commissioned to make a new carving, crowned in 1959), whose name was changed with respect to that of the image Catalan by order of Pope Sixtus IV in 1483. The present sculpture also recalls numerous painted images: "Our Lady of Monserrate" of the Santafereña school of the eighteenth century (Art Collection of the Bank of the Republic of Bogotá, Colombia, inv. AP5203) , "Virgen de Monserrate" by Manuel García of the 17th century (Teodoro Vidal Collection, Museum of Art of Puerto Rico), painting of the main altar of the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Monserrate of Puerto Rico, etc." · Size: 44 x 22 x 80 cms.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.5 in. (80 cm)Width: 17.33 in. (44 cm)Depth: 8.67 in. (22 cm)
  • Style
    Renaissance (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa End 15th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading.
  • Seller Location
    Madrid, ES
  • Reference Number
    Seller: ZE1571stDibs: LU2951311539493

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