(active in 1430s in Toulouse)

Notre Dame de Grâce

Stone, height 111 cm
Musée des Augustins, Toulouse

Burgundian influence can be traced to a group of sculptures associated with Toulouse. One of the most impressive of these is the Notre Dame de Grâce of about 1430-40 that comes from the pilgrimage church of the Dominicans in Bruguières near Toulouse. The somewhat eccentric poses indicate that this sculpture perhaps belonged to a larger Adoration of the Magi group. The sense of compactness and bulk owes something to the deeply carved draperies of Sluter's tradition. The charming Madonna has a childlike freshness which can be found in numerous French centres during the course of the fifteenth century.

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