Mary of Burgundy

about 1837–42
Jean-Auguste Barre (French, 1811–1896)


49.8 x 33.0 x 14.9 cm (19 5/8 x 13 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View





This bronze statuette represents the 15th-century Valois princess and wife of the Hapsburg Emperor Maximilian I of Austria. It shows Mary out hawking, but sadly represents the moment just before the accident that would lead to her death. While she is still happily lost in the world of the hunt, the rearing horse and running page who tries to control the beast indicate the tragic nature of the story to the viewer.

Mary of Burgundy was a fifteenth-century princess and the wife of Emperor Maximilian I Hapsburg of Austria. This bronze represents the poignant moment just before Mary’s fatal riding accident, as her page tries to control the agitated horse. Mary’s costume and the trappings of the horse as well as the dramatic and challenging motif of the rearing horse evoke the setting and craftsmanship of the Renaissance.


About 1992, acquired in London by Charles Janoray (dealer), New York; 2002, sold by Charles Janoray to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 27, 2002)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by The Swan Society