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Mary, St John and St Mary Magdalene
(c. 1470)

Medium
polychromed limewood
Measurements
125.3 × 93.9 × 37.6 cm
Place/s of Execution
Germany
Accession Number
4790-D3
Department
International Sculpture
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1941
Gallery location
14th - 16th Century Gallery - Painting & Decorative Arts
Level 1, NGV International
About
A high demand for sculpture in the wealthy towns of Bavaria, Franconia and Swabia, and others along the Rhine, drove a flourishing local industry in carved limewood. Carved crucifixion scenes were popular for domestic as well as Church settings. This group of holy figures is in the style of the Swabian sculptor Hans Multscher, an artist who translated the new naturalism of Netherlandish artists into wood and stone. This naturalism is seen in the crumpling body of the grieving Virgin and in the poignant efforts of Mary’s companions to steady her.