M Leuven welcomes a new masterpiece

M Leuven welcomes the eighteenth recognised masterpiece to its collection. It is a Maria Lactans from the early 13th century made in Verona. The statue of the Virgin is made of Marmo rosso di Verona, a type of limestone typical of the region in northern Italy.
Maria Lactans, front viewCC0, photo Jan van Esch
Maria Lactans, front view, 13th century, M Leuven
In Belgian collections it is, to my knowledge, the only known example of religious Italian Romanesque sculpture of such quality and size, moreover with an iconography that was still very rare for the time.
Marjan Debaene, Head of Collections at M

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