Virgin and Child in Majesty, 1175–1200. French. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1916 (16.32.194a, b) | In medieval sculpture, individual body parts were often accentuated to convey meaning. Here, Mary's oversized hands direct our attention to Jesus, enthroned upon his mother's lap. Hear and watch diverse viewpoints on this sculpture. #MetViewpoints
Notre Dame de Grasse, a beautiful Gothic statue of the Virgin Mary. 15th century. Musée des Augustins, Toulouse. The Musée des Augustins de Toulouse is a fine arts museum in Toulouse, France which conserves a collection of sculpture and paintings from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. The paintings are from throughout France, the sculptures representing Occitan culture of the region with a particularly rich assemblage of Romanesque sculpture.
Bust of the Virgin, ca. 1390–95. Bohemian. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Cloisters Collection, 2005 (2005.393) | Elegiac, dignified, and poised, the Virgin tilts her youthful head as if burdened by the weight of the ornate crown, and her downcast eyes and pursed lips convey her sorrowful resignation. #cloisters