Virgin and Child, anonymous, c. 1250 - c. 1260

Virgin and Child, anonymous, c. 1250 - c. 1260

oak with remnants of polychromy and gilding, h 81.5cm × w 29.5cm × d 26.2cm. More details

The Virgin sits with the Christ Child on her lap. Not only is she the mother of Jesus, here she is also the sedes sapientiae (seat of wisdom) – thus the throne on which is seated Christ, who represents divine wisdom. Together with the crucified Christ, this was one of the earliest subjects of free-standing sculpture in the Middle Ages.

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