Carved Panel

Franco-Flemish, 1575-1600

Oak. If this is the Virgin Mary, it must be the ugliest she has ever been shown! The long hair was a sign of virginity and she has a halo, so it likely is her…The plants above and below her are often taken to be the tree of life. The panel is deeply carved and has an old, dark surface. I guess it's from an unpretentious manor house or a rural church -- nothing spohisticated or urban about it at all. Lower right corner restored, otherwise original condition.

13-3/4" x 6".

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