Lot 48: Virgin and Child in Majesty (Sede Sapientiae). Carved polychrome and gilt w
27 October 2016
Barcelona, SpainLive Auction
Virgin and Child in Majesty (Sede Sapientiae). Carved polychrome and gilt wooden sculpture. Circle of the Master of the Buena Mañana. Burgos. 15th century.
Mary, seated on a throne, which in this case looks like an X-chair, has the Christ Child on her lap whilst helping him to hold open the book of the Holy Scriptures. She is wearing rich clothing and covered with a blue cloak embroidered with stars which falls to her feet to form dozens of gothic pleats and is closed at the chest with two precious metal brooches. Her face is beautiful and serene, framed by two long, curling locks of hair. The virtuosity of the sculptor is outstanding. The delicate handling of the hands, faces and the elaborate work on the clothes are outstanding. This is undoubtedly a magnificent example of imagery from Burgos. With regard to the Master of the Buena Mañana, recently art historians, particularly Dña. Mª Jesús Gómez Bárcena, have suggested that a gifted sculptor crafted certain works of art which were initially attributed to Gil de Siloé, such as the altarpiece for the Virgin of the Buena Mañana Chapel at Saint Gil Church in Burgos. He could have been, as Professor Gómez Bárcena states "...one of the best collaborators or assistants attached to the workshop… an able and remarkable sculptor, who undoubtedly knew and was trained by the great Master Gil de Siloé". The artist is thus named the Master of the Buena Mañana, as it was he who created the previously mentioned altarpiece. This Virgin certainly has a great deal of similarity to the sculptures from these Burgos workshops, which is why we attribute the sculpture to this Master or his circle. 99 x 36 x 30 cm.