Virgin and Child - Styles and Influences
Virgin and Child
Northern France; end 14th c.
This statue of the Virgin and Child, originating from northern France, reflects the grace and humane quality Gothic representation where a more intimate relationship is established by highlighting "the motif of expression". The Virgin's face with its gentle look and the delicate, softly modelled drapery are set in contrast with little Jesus, the restless, blissful child. The divine nature of the scene is achieved by the elevation of the figures above the throne.