Wood with polychrome and gold
height, 46 7/8in (119.1cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Frederic G. Oppenheimer
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.