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Virgin and Child from Szlatvin

Virgin and Child from Szlatvin

C. 1370-1380
Wooden sculpture , Wood
111 cm

Inv.: 52.371
Location: Building D, Ground Floor
Térkép

Virgin and Child from Szlatvin

Originally from Szlatvin (today: Slatvina, Slovakia) in the historical county of Spiš, this ethereally slim Madonna with child in her right arm is one of the earliest in our collection. Her silver gilt robe, at one time painted gold, with blue lining flows beneath her in delicate folds. Under the worn surface paint are traces of the reddish, earth-coloured base. Her face is softly framed by the regular waves of her combed hair, and a white lace scarf falls upon her shoulders. On her head she wears a crown whose rich surmount is fragmented and partially lost. The child - following the traditional mode of depiction - wears a long shirt. Like the Madonna of Toporc, also in this room, the statue reveals primarily the stylistic influence of Silesia. Although our knowledge of early Hungarian wood carvings is incomplete, this statue stands as proof of the high level of artistry attained in Hungary.

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