Thursday, May 10, 2018

01 Antique Religious Carvings - Sculptures from the Bible, with footnotes, 9

Late 15th century carved wooden figure of the Virgin of Mercy, presumably Central German

The crowned Virgin is depicted in contrapposto, wearing a long richly draped gold cloak and holding the nude Christ Child in Her left arm, the right arm would have formerly held a sceptre, which is now lacking. Two angels to the left and right of the Virgin extend Her cloak to shelter fourteen figures kneeling in prayer. On the left we see a Pope, Cardinal, Bishop, monks, and a nun as representatives of the ecclesiastical caste, and on the right the worldly order is depicted in the guise of a King, knight, and soldiers. More on this carving

Late 15th century carved wooden figure of the Virgin of Mercy, presumably Central German

The Virgin of Mercy is a subject in Christian Art, showing a group of people sheltering for protection under the outspread cloak, or pallium, of the Virgin Mary. It was especially popular in Italy from the 13th to 16th centuries, often as a specialised form of votive portrait, and is also found in other countries and later art, especially Catalonia and Latin America. In Italian it is known as the Madonna della Misericordia (Madonna of Mercy). More on The Virgin of Mercy

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