(active in 1480-1500 at Autun)

Virgin and Child

Painted wood
Musée Rolin, Autun

At the end of the 15th century and at the beginning of the 16th, Burgundian sculpture became subdued in its turn, but adopted a homely, gentle style quite unlike the idealistic art of the Loire region. The Virgin in the Musée Rolin at Autun is typical of the new feeling that permeated the Autun workshops in the last decades of the 15th century. Grace and charm and the softness of the modelling temper the realism that remains strong in the colouring, in the Virgin's draperies and the Child's swaddling clothes, and in the natural gesture with which the mother both protects and caresses her Son as she watches over his sleep.