Virgin and Child

Artist: Swabian Sculptor
Date made: ca. 1500
Medium and support: limewood
Dimensions: 84 × 29 × 18 cm
Type: wooden sculpture
Inventory number: 76.10
Collection: Sculpture

This Virgin and Child exhibits strong links with the sculpture of the Upper Rhine or with the neighbouring region of Swabia. Sculptors used the increasingly popular engravings as patterns for their carvings in the Late Gothic period in Germany. In many cases the drapery of sculptures had the complicatedly folded structures seen in contemporary prints. The master of the Virgin and Child was inspired by
Martin Schongauer (1435/50–91), an outstanding painter of his time, whose designs he used for the details of Mary’s clothes.

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