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Austrian, Salzburg, circa 1430-1450
SCHÖNE MADONNA

Catalogue Note

The present Virgin and Child is an excellent example of a type conceived in Bohemia under French influence at the end of the 14th century. Known as the Schöne Madonnen, they are one of the most recognisable groups of sculpture from the International Gothic.

The Madonnas are characterised by their graceful S-shaped stance and the elaborate drapery cascading from around their arms. Typical for the Salzburg school is the robust and voluminous representation of the drapery, with its regular zig-zag folds.

RELATED LITERATURE
E.G. Grimme, Deutsche Madonnen, Cologne, 1966, p. 108, no. 20; K. Woisetschläger, Gotik in der Steiermark, exh. cat. Stift St. Lambrecht, Graz, 1978, pp. 228-29, 233-34 and 236-37, nos. 194, 199 and 203

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