CLAUS DE WERVE (1380-1439), or his circle, Madonna from a Calvary group
Walnut with traces of paint and gold, 770 mm, ca 1430.
The solemn posture of this mater dolorosa is clearly derived from the mourners of the Burgundian funeral monuments by Claus Sluter and his nephew Claus de Werve from the first decades of the 15th century. A heavy body with a closed shape, but with swooping lines in the folds of the garment, sculpted very thin, and with a subtle handling of the grieving face, treated with realism and restrained emotional expression.
Close resemblances are found among the mourners of the funerary monument of Philip the Bold, and among a group of sculptures including the Madonnas from the Calvaries in Flavigny, Prémeaux
Litterature: Jacques Baudoin, La sculpture flamboyante en Bourgogne et Franche-Comté, pp 129–151
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