A mid 15th century Flemish (Brussels, Limbourg ?) oak carving of the Virgin and Christ child with Sa
Lot 201
A Flemish oak carving of the Virgin and Christ child with Saint Anne
£20,000 - 30,000
US$ 34,000 - 51,000
Lot Details
A Flemish oak carving of the Virgin and Christ child with Saint Anne
from an altarpiece,
the figural group seated on a cathedra, the Virgin's head covered with a crown, her drapery carved with soft intricate folds and her stresses down her shoulders, on her lap the Christ Child reaches across to his grandmother Saint Anne who has an open book in her lap. Saint Anne appears also to be offering him a bunch of grapes, a symbol of his future sacrifice, probably mid 15th century Brussels, restorations, traces of polychrome decoration, 56cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance: from the private collection of a titled Flemish family.

    The Holy family theme is a late arrival in Christian art and hardly emerges before the 15th century, when it is seen in the painting of both Northern and Southern Europe. The theme of the three generations, grandmother, mother and child, found favour with the artists of northern Europe and is often representing in Bruges landscape painting of the early 16th century.


    For comparable oak carvings from dismembered Flemish retable see the book La sculpture des Pays-Bas méridionaux et de la Principauté de Liège, Musées royaux d'Art et d'Histoire Bruxelles, 1999, p.124-128
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