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Our Lady of Palera

Unknown1400/1450

Girona Art Museum

Girona Art Museum

This image was sculpted for the Church of Santa Maria de Palera, where it remained until 1936, when it was smashed but saved by a neighbour who kept the pieces. Unlike most figures of the Virgin, who are shown crying or with a serious expression, this one is smiling.

She holds a sphere in her right hand, which may well be the globe, an object traditionally borne by the Jesus. The child sits on her left knee, with a book bearing the inscription ’Ave, Maria, gratia plena’, a reference to his mother.

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  • Title: Our Lady of Palera
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1400/1450
  • Physical Dimensions: w39 x h75 x d24 cm
  • Provenance: Parish Church of Santa Maria de Palera (Garrotxa)
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Museu d'Art de Girona
  • Medium: Polychrome alabaster

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