The Virgin - Styles and Influences
The Virgin of the Annunciation
France (Ile-de-France); end 13th c.
The drapery, characteristic for its successive rounded folds pressed against her body on one side and falling more freely on the other, can be found on a series of monumental sculptures dating from the middle and 2nd half of the 13th c., such as the Madonna on the façade of the Reims Cathedral. Similar arrangements of the mantle folds were also frequent at the beginning of the 14th c. However, the slight contrapposto, the plain folds and the straight back, as well as the delicate face with a rounded chin, small lips and almond-shaped eyes indicate that this statuette was made around the turn of the 13th c.