Feb 11, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
Feb 11, 2009

Triptych: The Life of the Virgin

Triptych: The Life of the Virgin

c. 1325–1350

Ivory, traces of gilding

Overall: 25.9 x 21.3 cm (10 3/16 x 8 3/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1951.450

Did you know?

The pinnacle, roof moldings, and base are modern additions attached before the object entered our collection.


The Virgin and Child, standing beneath a three-part arch, occupy the central plaque of this triptych. On the wings are carved four scenes from the life of the Virgin: the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Adoration of the Magi, and Christ's Presentation in the Temple. By the end of the 12th century, devotional objects like this became widespread in many parts of Western Europe as a result of the growing cult of the Virgin.

See also
MED - Gothic
Medieval Art
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