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

Artist/maker unknown, English

Geography:
Made in Nottingham, England, Europe

Date:
15th century

Medium:
Alabaster with paint and gilding

Dimensions:
26 x 9 inches (66 x 22.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 202, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

Accession Number:
1945-25-108

Credit Line:
Purchased with Museum funds from the George Grey Barnard Collection, 1945

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Label:
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.


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