Christ Child Blessing
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Christ Child Blessing


Date Early 16th century

Period 1400-1600, 16th Century

Origin Belgium, Mechelen

Medium Walnut, Original polychrome, Gilding

Dimension 30.7 cm (12¹/₈ inches)


With base
Height: 30.7 cm; 1 ft.

Without base
Height: 28 cm; 11 in.
The beautiful small sculpture, carved in the round with its original polychrome and gilding, depicts the nude Christ Child blessing, his right hand raised in the traditional movement, his left holding a golden globe. Designed for a frontal viewpoint and mounted on a modern base, he stands in contrapposto, his left foot drawn back, gazing towards the devotional viewer. With rounded face, high forehead and rosy cheeks, his small mouth and lips reveal a slight smile. This fine carving displays the typical stylistic characteristics of the early 16th century Mechelen school, especially in the depiction of the curled hair with its 'skull cap' or 'hat' like coiffure and the distinctive physiognomy with rounded belly and thighs and thick squat proportions.

Date: Early 16th century

Period: 1400-1600, 16th Century

Origin: Belgium, Mechelen

Medium: Walnut, Original polychrome, Gilding

Dimension: 30.7 cm (12¹/₈ inches)

Provenance: Private collection, Spain

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