Description & Technical information

This beautiful bust of Saint John is the embodiment of medieval devotion, the quiet spirituality and technical sophistication of the carving providing an intimate glimpse into the personal grief of the disciple at Calvary.

With his head tilted, brow furrowed and expression distressed, he leans on his right hand, his sorrowful and contemplative mood palpable. A poignant composition of high aesthetic quality, this is a deeply provocative work with serene celestial movement and powerful emotional resonance.

Period:  1400-1600, 15th century
Origin:  France, Burgundy
Medium: Limestone
Dimensions: 36 x 26 x 18 cm (14¹/₈ x 10¹/₄ x 7¹/₈ inches)
Provenance: Private collection, France
Literature: J. Boccador, Statuaire médiévale en France de 1400 à 1530, Tome 1 (les Clefs du Temps, 1974), pp. 213, 286-287; pls. 259-260, 365