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Virgin enthroned with the infant Christ
(early 16th century)

Medium
limestone
Measurements
122.0 × 54.5 × 50.8 cm
Place/s of Execution
Spain
Accession Number
1338-D4
Department
International Sculpture
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1953
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
14th - 16th Century Gallery - Painting & Decorative Arts
Level 1, NGV International
About
It was not until 431 that the growing cult of the Virgin as Mother of God was officially sanctioned. In the following centuries Mary came to be venerated in her own right as the Queen of Heaven, the Bride of Christ and as a primary intercessor for the salvation of humankind. This hieratic image of Mary with the infant Christ derives from an early Byzantine/Romanesque prototype that enjoyed lasting popularity in Spain. Christ grasps a rose, dual symbol of the Virgin and his future wounds. Surviving traces of pigment in carved folds indicate that Mary’s costume followed the conventional schema of red, blue and gold.