18th C, Flemish School, Madonna and Child in a Wooden Shrine (19th C) with Decorated Doors, Terracotta & Wood, Terracotta Statue: 22 x 7,5 x 4 cm - Open Shrine: 51 x 51 x 16 cm - Closed Shrine: 51 x 24 x 16 cm
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This Madonna has a more profane look with her hair tied back. Such features appear to be a characteristic of many 18th-century sculpted Madonnas. She carries Jesus like ordinary mothers would hold their babies in their arms. The polychrome paint and gilding of the terracotta statue are fairly well preserved. The figures is placed in a wooden shrine with triangular pediment and doors. On the pediment, God the Father with an orb in his hand looks ahead. The left inner panel depicts John the Evangelist with his chalice. The right inner door is decorated with an image of St. Elisabeth of Thuringen (or Hungry), a saint of the 13th century. Elisabeth was a Hungarian royal daughter who married a Thuringian landgrave, bus who, despite her origins, continued to help the poor and the sick. Following St. Francis, she opted for a life of asceticism and austerity. She is often portrayed as distributing bread to the needy. The stars and the wreath of flames that form the backdrop for the statue of the Virgin and Child, refer to the apocalyptic woman. John speaks in his Revelation of a woman clothed with the sun, wearing a crown with twelve stars and standing on a crescent moon. On the base of the shrine, we read “AVE MARIA”, the opening words of the prayer to the Holy Virgin. On the closed doors, the artist has written the names of Jesus and Mary. The shrine with the sculpture may have served as a kind of private shrine.