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The sculpture is full-length and depicts Madonna in a long, floral-decorated dress in brown-red and navy-blue colours and with a gilded coat tied over her chest. Mary, tilted to the left, with her right leg bent in her knee, is holding a gold-plated sceptre in her right hand, while her left hand is holding the child with a book in its hands.

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The sculpture is full-length and depicts Madonna in a long, floral-decorated dress in brown-red and navy-blue colours and with a gilded coat tied over her chest. Mary, tilted to the left, with her right leg bent in her knee, is holding a gold-plated sceptre in her right hand, while her left hand is holding the child with a book in its hands.
The sculpture is dated from between 1380 and 1390. Up until the 18th century, the figure was located in the main altar of the Church of the Apostles’ Sending in Gruszów. In the 17th century, a new altar was consecrated; therefore, the sculpture was re-painted at that time. In 1853, it was slightly transformed and renovated, adding elements such as a crown. However, in the 20th century, Madonna was withdrawn from worship.
In Madonna from Gruszów, the influence of the Kraków-type style of sculpture in Lesser Poland may be discerned in the 2nd half of 14th century; hence, the soft treatment of robes and modelling of facial expressions (smiles), probably of Czech origin. In the sculpture, the influence of the “Madonna on a Lion”, from the Silesian and Pomeranian workshops, may also be seen. However, the form of the figure is rather the effect of the local workshop tradition, which was not in the stage preceding the form of “the Beautiful Madonna” (there is a lack of contact between Mother and Child; the layout of the characters and garments is moderately shaped).

Elaborated by Cardinal Karol Wojtyła Archdiocesan Museum in Kraków, editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved

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