Virgin Mosan art. Ref.225
Virgin Mosan art. Polychrome wood.
Elegant Virgin and Child called Sedes Sapientiae. Mary holds the Christ standing on her left knee. Oval face of the Virgin, framed by a diademed headdress. Our sculpture is distinguished by the position of the two figures, looking to the side and by the attitude of Christ and the graceful movement of his robe. The clothes, hairstyles and facial features direct us towards a Mosan production from the end of the 13th century with stylistic influences from the court of Saint Louis.
French influences are present with a banquet belt of the Virgin and a dorelot marked for Christ's hairstyle. We will also note the parallels with the virgin kept at the Petit Palais, Paris, Northern France around 1230, Inv. ODUT01274. Our sculpture otherwise retains the characteristics of Meuse works from the 13th century with the right lapel of the Virgin's dress brought to the knees, Virgin's headdress and the standing position of Christ. Traces of the original polychromy, hollowed back and use of pine wood, rare in this region.
Relative works: Sedes Sapientiae Namur, TreMa, coll. SAN, inv. 225.
Works consulted: Meuse sculpture from the 11th to the middle of the 13th century, Robert Didier, 1973 - Romanesque art in the Meuse valley in the 11th, 12th and 13th Centuries, Collon-Gevaert Suzanne & Jean Lejeune Jacques Stiennon, Brussels, 1966
Origin: Ile de France, France
Medium: Pine wood
Size: Height: 68cm
Period: Third quarter of the 13th century
Condition: Missing right arm of the Virgin, hands of Christ.
Price: on demand