Romanesque Virgin of Cerdanya. Ref.214
Romanesque Virgin of Cerdanya. France or Northern Spain.
Rare and beautiful Romanesque enthroned Virgin from the 12th century. Our Virgin can easily be identified as a Romanesque virgin from the Pyrenees, from Cerdanya, a region of Catalonia shared between France and Spain. The Virgin carries the child on her left knee, Christ holding the globe in his left hand. The missing right arm was to give the blessing.
Remains of polychromy show that the Virgin wore a golden pectoral. The back is full, slightly hollowed out of the bench-throne.
The dress of the Virgin, with very vertical folds, confirms our dating, as do the faces of the Virgin and of Christ, which bring our majesty closer to the black Virgin of Belloc preserved in the church of Saint-Jean de Dorres and dated from the 12th century.
Provenance: ex Sotheby's.
Bibliography: Collectible medieval statuary. Volume I. Liéveaux-Boccador, Jacqueline. - Bresset, Edouard 1972. Medieval Madonna and Child from Catalonia. Marie-Pasquine Subes and Jean-Bernard Mathon (eds.) 2019.
Origin: Pyrenees, Cerdanya, France, Spain
Medium: Polychrome wood
Size: Height 67.5 cm
Period: 12th century
Condition: Missing right arm of Christ
Price: on demand