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Madonna and Child

17 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 3 5/8 in. (44.5 x 15.9 x 9.2 cm)

Italian artist

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Wood, polychrome, gilding
Credit Line: Bertha Buswell Bequest
Accession Number: 1955.106
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Location: Not currently on view
Collection: Buswell-Hochstetter Collection

At the First Council of Ephesus in 431 CE, Mary’s divine status was confirmed by church leaders. After this, images of her as the mother of Christ became icons of Catholic art and faith. Some depictions include elaborate groupings of angels and saints while others, such as this sculpture, focus our attention on their corporeal bond as mother and child. Images of Jesus in Mary’s arms, both as an infant and as an adult man, permeate the history of western art.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

Bertha Hochstetter (Mrs. Henry) Buswell, Buffalo, NY; her bequest to the Gallery, 1941; lifetime interest held by her brother, Ralph Hochstetter, Buffalo, NY, until his death in 1955, when it passed to the Gallery

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It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013

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