Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

La Vierge Au Manteau Du Puy-En-Velay. Un Chef-D'oeuvre Du Gothique International (Vers 1400-1410)

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

La Vierge Au Manteau Du Puy-En-Velay. Un Chef-D'oeuvre Du Gothique International (Vers 1400-1410)

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Millet, Hélène, and Claudia Rabel. La Vierge au manteau du Puy-en-Velay. Un chef-d'oeuvre du gothique international (vers 1400- 14 10). With a Contribution by Bruno Mottin. (Lyon: Fage éditions. 2011. Pp. 188. euro29,50 paperback. ISBN 978-2-84975-228-9.)

The subject of this well-written study is a rare painting on canvas from the early-fifteenth century, discovered in 1850 in the church of Saint-Pierre-desCarmes in Le Puy-en-Velay, and now preserved in the local Musée Crozatier. It shows the so-called Virgin of Mercy- that is, a representation of the Virgin with a group of people (in this case laypeople to the right, religious to the left) seeking shelter below her mantle.The subject is more complex, however, in that the Virgin is holding the Child in her arms, whereas her apocryphal half-sisters, Mary Salome and Mary Jacobi, are holding up her mantle; their children are shown behind it. The book provides an informative and wellresearched study of various aspects of the painting: its critical fortune; the canvas support; the artist (from the circle of an illuminator known as the Master of the Coronation of the Virgin, perhaps to be identified as Jacques Coene) and date (c. …

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