International context and reference for the museum's collection
This masterpiece is handed to M by the Flemish Minister of Culture Jan Jambon for long-term storage. It is a very interesting and high-quality piece that provides an international context and reference for the museum's rich collection of late-medieval sculptures from the Netherlands. It is a special enrichment of the collection.
The maker is probably the Veronese sculptor Brioloto de Balneo, known to experts for the large rosette window in the San Zeno Basilica in Verona.
There are only six similar statues known worldwide, of which three are to be found in Italy. This work is the best preserved of the series, with remnants of original polychromy. The sculpture meets all the criteria of the Masterpiece Decree. No comparable sculpture from that period and tradition and of such size and artistic quality has been kept in Flanders. As an important testimony to the unique, eclectic Stoclet collection of which it was a part, the piece is also important to collective memory.
The work has been housed in private collections for many years and can now finally be shown to the public. In the 19th century, the statue was held by a collector in Verona, where it was made, then the work became part of the famous Stroganoff collection in Rome. In 1923, Adolphe Stoclet acquired the statue from the Stroganoff family.