Virgin and Child

German
Medieval (Gothic)
about 1490–95
Tilman Riemenschneider (German, 1460–1531)


Object Place: Europe, Wurzburg, Germany

Dimensions

120.7 x 38.1 x 20.2 cm (47 1/2 x 15 x 7 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

41.653

Medium or Technique

Limewood

On View

William A. Coolidge Gallery (Gallery 243A)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

This Virgin wears a crown and stands upon a crescent moon, which associates her with the Woman of the Apocalypse from the Bible’s Book of Revelation. Riemenschneider presents the figures with great simplicity and humanity-the Virgin seems slightly melancholy and the Christ Child about to smile. Particularly touching is the way the Virgin holds one of her son’s feet while he clasps the other.

Provenance

Felix M. Warburg (b. 1871 - d. 1937), New York; by inheritance to his widow, Frieda Schiff Warburg (b. 1876 - d. 1958), New York; 1941, gift of Frieda Schiff Warburg to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 11, 1941)

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Felix M. Warburg by his wife Frieda Schiff Warburg