Jean de Liège / Bust of Marie de France (1327-41), Daughter of Charles IV of France / 14th centuryJean de Liège
Bust of Marie de France (1327-41), Daughter of Charles IV of France
14th century

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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
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Creation Start Date: 1300
Creation End Date: 1399
Creation Date: 14th century
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture-stone
Materials and Techniques: marble
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

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.

AMICA ID: MMA_.41.100.132
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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