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Virgin and Child Swabian Sculptor


Swabian Sculptor active ca. 1500

Culture German
Date ca. 1500
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique limewood

83 × 29 × 18 cm

Inventory number 76.10
Collection Sculptures
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Second Floor, European Sculpture 1350-1800, Gallery 1

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.


Balogh, Jolán – Szmodisné Eszláry, Éva, Katalog der ausländischen Bildwerke des Museums der bildenden Künste in Budapest, 4.-18. Jahrhundert, Bd. 3. Neuerwerbungen, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1994, p. 60., no. 43.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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