A collection of letters containing correspondence between Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop and Joanna Barr Smith, (5) comprising two letters hand written and each addressed to Mrs Smith, dated 17th October 1873 and 19th November 1873 respectively, the lat
A Florentine gilt and polychrome gesso relief of the Madonna and Child, Italian, mid 15th century. 77 cm high x 53 cm wide. In late medieval and Renaissance Italy, devotional activities took place in the home as well as in churches. Well-to do families mig
A carved stone polychrome decorated figure group of the Pieta, possibly lower Austria, mid 15th century. This polychrome limestone sculpture represents the Pieta, in which the Virgin Mary cradles the dead body of her son. While the most famous example of t
A rare polychromed limestone figure of the virgin and child, French, 16th century. 110 cm high, 43 cm high, 26 cm deep. A comparable polychrome decorated limestone example was sold at Sothebys New York, 25/1/07, lot 226. This figure is slightly later in da
A carved polychrome figure of a crowned Madonna and child, probably Flemish, 17th/18th century. 117 cm high The increasing influence of courtly imagery on depictions of the Virgin Mary, especially in Northern Europe, meant that by the fourteenth century sh
A rare limestone figure group of the Virgin and child, south west France, circa 1530. 111 cm high, 36 cm wide, 26 cm deep. Renaissance and High Renaissance images of the Virgin and Child often emphasise the humanity of Christ and Mary’s maternal responses.
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