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  • Emile-Antoine Bourdelle
La Vierge d'Alsace [The Virgin of Alsace]
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La Vierge d'Alsace [The Virgin of Alsace] 1919 - 1921

On Display Modern Two

This sculpture is an intermediary model for a six-metre-tall stone carving, which stands on a hill near Niederbruck in Alsace, France. The style of the work reflects Bourdelle's love of French Gothic sculpture. The figure of the Virgin is based on the artist's wife Cléopatre, and the child Jesus is modelled on his daughter Rhodia. Cléopatre was also a sculptor and the head-scarf worn by the Virgin was inspired by one she used when carving, to keep the dust out of her hair.

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Gothic

The art and architectural style that dominated Western Europe during the medieval period. Its buildings are characterised by pointed arches, strong vertical lines and elaborate window structures. The style was widely revived in the 19th century.

Gothic

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 2
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size 250.20 x 84.00 x 58.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1930