Detail View: The AMICA Library: Bust of Marie de France (1327-41), Daughter of Charles IV of France

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.41.100.132
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Sculpture
Creator Name: 
Jean de Liège
Creator Role: 
Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 
Franco-Netherlandish, active in Paris, died 1381
Creator Name-CRT: 
Jean de Liège
Title: 
Bust of Marie de France (1327-41), Daughter of Charles IV of France
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
14th century
Creation Start Date: 
1300
Creation End Date: 
1399
Materials and Techniques: 
Marble
Classification Term: 
Sculpture-Stone
Dimensions: 
H. 12 3/16 in. (31 cm)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 
41.100.132
Credit Line: 
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
Rights: 
Context: 

The royal abbey of Saint-Denis was the burial church for the rulers of France and their families. Many of the tombs were vandalized in the wake of the French Revolution. This elegant image once formed a part of the tomb effigy of the princess Marie de France (1327-1341) and her sister Blanche de France (1328-1393). Although Marie died young, her effigy was not carved until about 1381 by the court sculptor Jean de Liège. The appearance of the tomb is known from a drawing made before 1715. Originally the head rested upon a stone pillow and the princess wore a metal crown. Her braided hair is arranged in the courtly fashion of the time that the bust was carved.

Related Image Identifier Link: 
MMA_.md41.100.132.R.tif