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Virgin and Child
  • Juan de la Huerta
    active 1431–1462
    born: Daroca, Aragon, Spain ; active: France
  • Virgin and Child, circa 1450
  • Where object was made: France
  • limestone
  • Object Height: 113 cm
    Object Height: 44 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase: State funds, Barbara Benton Wescoe Fund and Friends of the Art Museum
  • Not on display
  • 1980.0064
Label Text

The Virgin is enveloped in a bulky mantle that covers all but the bodice of a tightly fitting, square-necked gown, its opening filled in by a shirt of lighter fabric. Her right arm is extended; the hand, concealed in the great folds of the mantle, once held an attribute. The Child sits in the crook of the left arm, facing outward. He also is heavily draped in a gown, with a bottoned neckline and turned-over collar. The irregularly shaped object in his left hand was perhaps a bunch of grapes, symbolic of the sacrifice commemorated in the mass. Old breaks and repairs, head reworked in 16th century style.