Female mask

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This effigy is one of the few masterpieces of medieval sculpture preserved in the Musée d' Arras.
Behind her discreet smile lies more than one enigma: we do not know who this young person was or which hand so gracefully immortalized her; we also do not know where this fragment comes from.

Reproduction in patinated resin

Dimensions
Height: 23 cm.
Width: 25 cm.
Depth: 5 cm.
Period: 1st part of the 14th century
Material: Resin
Editor:rmngp

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The localization and the author must however be very probably sought in Artois, in the midst of the artists' studios that the commissions of Countess Mahaut made so flourishing, but which one knows rather poorly because of the intense destruction of which the region of the North was victim since the Revolution.

Although there is no serious connection of style, this work has sometimes been attributed to the sculptor Jean Pépin de Huy, who realized the tomb of Robert d' Artois, son of Mahaut, and a Virgin and Child for the Carthusian monastery of Gosnay, near Béthune.

In the evolution of sculpture, it is an era of perfect balance between the majestic idealization of the 13th century and the sinuous mannerism of the second half of the following century. The regularity of the entwined face in the geometric contour of the veil and chin strap is softened by the delicately shaded shape of almond eyes, fine lips and hair curls.

The elegance and purity of the style make this piece a rather exceptional piece and one of the most charming of medieval art.

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Female mask

This effigy is one of the few masterpieces of medieval sculpture preserved in the Musée d' Arras.
Behind her discreet smile lies more than one enigma: we do not know who this young person was or which hand so gracefully immortalized her; we also do not know where this fragment comes from.

Reproduction in patinated resin

Dimensions
Height: 23 cm.
Width: 25 cm.
Depth: 5 cm.
Period: 1st part of the 14th century
Material: Resin
Editor:rmngp

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