Chartres' "Statue of the Standing Virgin and Child" Essay by JPWrite

Chartres' "Statue of the Standing Virgin and Child"
A description and analysis of the "Statue of the Standing Virgin and Child".
# 64947 | 1,325 words | 2 sources | APA | 2006 | US
Published on Apr 15, 2006 in Art (History) , Art (Fine Art) , Art (Sculpture)

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This paper presents a description of the Chartres statue "Statue of the Standing Virgin and Child", explaining that this work of art, in comparison with other statues of the Virgin Mary and her child, is more than a work of art dedicated to the Virgin in that it is also a realization of the humanity and humility of the woman who was chosen to be the mother of Christ.

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"There is a playful interchange, dealing no doubt with the small apple. Bur, the child seems to be touching it playfully, but still looking has his mother and the fruit. Yet, if the mother is thought to look aristocratic, the Child is just a child at this point. There seems to be no "holiness" about him. We see, in other statues and paintings, that there is usually an aura or halo that surrounds the heads of Jesus and his Mother. Here, the ivory statue seems to have been posed by a young aristocratic woman. This is totally different from the warmth that seems to exude from the way the Chartres Virgin stands, the way her folds drape loosely around her body, compared with the more Romanesque carefully pleated folds on the ivory statue. Here "she supports the infant Christ in the crook of her left arm while the voluminous sweeping folds about her body direct the eye to Him and lend visual support....This attribute adds the connotation that the Virgin is the new Eve who has come to redeem the sins of the old Eve.." "

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