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The Tree of Jesse: The Maternal Ancestors of Jesus, with the Virgin and Child in the Upper Branches

Artist/maker unknown, English15th century

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, United States

Nottingham alabasters often appeared in sets with an established theme and, much like painted altarpieces, were frequently used to decorate the backs of altars. Few groups, however, remain intact and in their original locations. This example depicts the popular subject of the life of the Virgin Mary. Such altarpieces were exported to a number of Western European countries.

Details

  • Title: The Tree of Jesse: The Maternal Ancestors of Jesus, with the Virgin and Child in the Upper Branches
  • Date: 15th century
  • Location: Nottingham, England
  • Physical Dimensions: w9.02 x h26 in (Overall)
  • Provenance: Purchased with Museum funds from the George Grey Barnard Collection, 1945
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Alabaster with paint and gilding
  • Artist/Maker: Artist/maker unknown, English

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