This representation is a copy of an anonymous sculptor, probably from the early 20th century, based on the original polychrome terracotta work.
A full face with small features emerges from a large drapery of Burgundian character that recalls very strongly the Toulouse statuary of the XVth century.
A very numerous production has emerged from the same vein, and the Virgin of Moissac is surely the masterpiece: a painful but dignified figure whose eyes are still lowered, she impresses by the contrast between the body and the face that evokes too much Claus Sluter and the Burgundian school of the fifteenth century.
Nothing, here, of the somewhat mutinous grace found in the figurines all neighboring Rouergue, but a monumental sense that forces silence, compassion, as much as admiration for the artist. With a minimum of means, the sculptor reaches the summit of emotion and drama: no gesticulation that externalizes a pain wanted all interior to be even more moving.
Softness, realism and calm remain, at the end of the 15th century so tormented, very convincing and essentially religious arguments.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 24 cm.
Width: 16.5 cm.
Depth: 13 cm.
Weight: 3.2 kg.
Period: End of the 15th century
Museum: Moissac - Hospice