Wellhead with round dancers
50 × 43 × 21 cm
|On view||This artwork can be displayed at the permanent exhibition|
The Virgin gently leans over her dead son: the closed nature of the composition signals spiritual togetherness and unity. Restored in 2014, the sculpture group is comprised of two wooden blocks. Mary’s lower dress and the drapery covering Christ are covered by sgraffito. Here, the foundation of the sgraffito is the gilded surface: the artist etched an ornamental pattern into the paint, thus revealing the golden base. The technique was common throughout Europe between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries, becoming particularly popular in the Spanish and Netherlandish workshops of the sixteenth century. The reverse and left sides of the work are flat and composed for a view from above, which means it may have stood in a niche. The creator of the work may well have been someone working in the workshop of the master of the altar in the Condestable chapel of the church in Santa Clara de Medina de Pomar (Burgos).