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Virgin Mary Spanish Sculptor


Spanish Sculptor 18th century

Culture Spanish
Date 18th century
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique limewood

36 × 18 × 16 cm, 1.1 kg

Inventory number 69.16
Collection Sculpture
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Second Floor, European Art 1700-1850, Gallery XXVIII

This sculpture with decorative gilding is a work of Spanish provincial art. The Virgin Mary is wearing a meticulously detailed red dress and a blue mantle; her hands are missing. Originally it probably formed the upper part of a Maria Immaculata composition, featuring the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin, which was the most important iconographic type depicting the Virgin Mary in Rococo and Baroque art. The portrayal of the Virgin descending from Heaven to Earth, standing upon a crescent moon, surrounded by angels and with her hands extended or held together in front of her was a popular theme in painting and wooden sculpture in the 17th and 18th centuries.


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. 51., no. 30.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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