The Work

This limestone sculpture came from the chapel of a seminary for educating priests, in the town of Meaux, east of Paris. The sculpture still has traces of paint and gilding, and it is larger than life size (6 feet 2 inches). The Virgin Mary looks at her son with a slight smile; the infant Jesus tugs on his mother’s hood with his right hand, and holds a fruit in his left hand that may be an apple. The Virgin is wearing a crown, and she holds in her right hand a bundle of thin stalks from which the heads of flowers may be missing.

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