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Enthroned Virgin and Child

Enthroned Virgin and Child

c. 1480s

Gil de Siloé

(Spanish, c. 1501)

Alabaster with traces of gilding and polychromy

Overall: 31.5 x 22.5 x 16 cm (12 3/8 x 8 7/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2008.145

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This sculpture was possibly made for Queen Isabella, the Spanish ruler who sponsored Christopher Columbus.

Description

This impressively carved and distinctively conceived Virgin and Child is, on stylistic grounds, probably by the hand of Gil de Siloé or a member of his important workshop. A sculptor of northern origin, Siloé was employed by Queen Isabella to undertake several large-scale sculptural projects in Burgos, including the production of important royal tombs at the Carthusian monastery of Miraflores. He is regarded as the most important Spanish sculptor of the late 15th century and the leading exponent of the Burgos school of sculpture. Siloé worked in both wood and stone. The scale and the design of this sculpture strongly suggest it was self-contained and not part of a larger architectural context. It was likely intended to be an independent devotional image, probably viewed from slightly below. The material, its quality, and the quality of the carving also indicate a discerning patron, which Queen Isabella was known to be. While an association between this Virgin and Child and Isabella can only be hypothesized, it is possible that this beautifully and distinctively carved sculpture was a private object made for her or a member of her household.

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Mother and Son
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Queen Isabella the Catholic
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