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Object Information:

Germany

Virgin and Child with a Pomegranate

Mid 15th century

Wood with polychrome and gold

height, 46 7/8in (119.1cm)

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Frederic G. Oppenheimer

1955.83


Location:

On Exhibition  On view/Oppenheimer Gallery 3

Further Information:

The pairing of the Virgin Mary and her child Jesus was one of the most popular themes in medieval art. The Virgin wears a crown with twelve stars, representing the apostles, and symbolizing her role as queen of heaven. The crescent moon that she stands on is an ancient symbol of chastity. She holds a pomegranate, a symbol of resurrection, unity, and fertility.