Detail View: The AMICA Library: Saint Margaret

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.PromisedGift
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Sculpture
Creator Nationality: 
European; French
Creator Name-CRT: 
French
Title: 
Saint Margaret
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
ca. 1475
Creation Start Date: 
1473
Creation End Date: 
1477
Materials and Techniques: 
Alabaster, traces of gilding
Classification Term: 
Sculpture-Under Consideration
Dimensions: 
15 3/8 x 9 5/8 x 6 9/16 in. (39 x 24.5 x 16.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 
Promised Gift
Credit Line: 
Promised Gift of Anthony and Lois Blumka, in memory of Ruth and Victoria Blumka, 1996
Rights: 
Context: 

The legend of Saint Margaret, the Early Christian martyr also known as Marina, details the many painful ordeals she endured before her eventual death during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (r. 284-305). Having been swallowed by the devil in the guise of a dragon, the saint burst unharmed from its body after making the sign of the cross.

Dating from about 1475, this work is an outstanding example of the Languedoc style of the late fifteenth century, which was centered in medieval Toulouse. This work is remarkable for the contrast of the idealism and delicacy of the figure set against the scaly and coarse textures of the lizard-turned-dragon at the base of the composition.

Related Image Identifier Link: 
MMA_.mdPG1996.R.tif