UNKNOWN MASTER, Flemish
(active 1440s in Bruges)

Virgin and Child

1440s
Alabaster, height 24 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

This alabaster Madonna with Child was executed in the period when the painting of the van Eyck brothers exerted significant influence on the sculpture of Bruges. The statue's kinship with the grisaille sculptural elements in Jan van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece is worth pointing out.

This piece is an outstanding example of the Netherlandish alabaster Madonnas that were widespread at the time and were probably used for private devotion.