VIRGIN

Late 12th century (c. 1200)

Wood carving
80 cm
Catalonia

This 12th century Virgin in Majesty is a perfect example of the Marian devotion of Romanesque sculpture, for its hieratic sculpture and its right bust. Realism is not sought after by sculptors, who establish many codes and conventions of symbolic value.

This artwork represents the Sedes Sapientiae (the wisdom throne). She wears a high crown, with an elongated face and large almond eyes, a long right nose and a mouth with thin lips. The Child was among her absent hands, well centered on her knees.

In the 12th century, Marian devotion is essential. The main intercessor between man and God, the Virgin presents herself totally frontal, with her body forming the wisdom throne.