UNKNOWN MASTER, Hungarian
Painted wood, height 111 cm
Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Budapest
One of the earliest finds from Upper Hungary is this "Virgin and Child" representation made some time around 1370 or 1380, the slim and ethereal features of which were, according to an old photograph, further enhanced by the reticulated quatrefoil embellishment of the Virgin's headdress. The origin of this type can be traced back to France, or to the Virgins with Lion found in Silesia. The master who produced this sculpture was, in all probability, the same person who carved the figures of Apostles decorating the frieze of the high altar in the St. James Church of Lőcse. These Apostle-figures survived as part of one of the early altars of the Church. In this way, this Virgin and Child from Slatvin serves to prove, among the very few early finds, the high standard characterizing the art of the sculptors working in 14th-century Lőcse.