Virgin and Child in limestone carved in the round.
Standing, with an imperceptible wiggle, Mary carries the Child seated on her left arm; beautiful face with full forms with eyes tapering towards the temples, swollen eyelids, straight nose, kind mouth with slightly half-opened lips; flowery crown placed on a veil descending in the back and letting see the wavy hair which frames the face; the Child, dressed in a long tunic covering his right foot, holds a sphere in his left hand and touches with the other the chin of his Mother in a tender gesture.
Mother's chin in a gesture of tenderness.
Ile de France, second quarter of the
Height: 94 cm
(small accidents and restorations)
This Virgin and Child is of fine quality of execution with harmonious faces of both Mary and Jesus. It represents the archetype of the Francilian sculpture during its peak period around 1325/40. The affectionate gesture of the Child touching his Mother's chin places it around the gilded silver Virgin of Joan of Evreux (1324-1339, fig.).