Madonna and Child
17 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 3 5/8 in. (44.5 x 15.9 x 9.2 cm)
Medium and Support:
Wood, polychrome, gilding
Bertha Buswell Bequest
Location: Not currently on view
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]