LOIRE VALLEY ARTIST (FOLLOWER OF JEAN FOUQUET)
Stained glass: Two Panels from Civil Architecture: the Virgin and an Angel (?)
(overall, 25 x 32.5 cm.; Virgin, 13 x 9 cm.; Angel, 11 x 13 cm.)
France, Tours?, c. 1500
Mounted in a composite panel, these two fragments of high quality are consistent with each other in size and proportion, as well as stylistically, and most likely come from the same larger composition, possibly an Annunciation. The young blond woman may represent the Virgin Mary. She gazes demurely to the right, and her curling locks are held in place by a band that is just visible on the right of the cut piece. The young man, or angel, has chubby cheeks, rolls of baby fat at his short neckline, and curling hair wrapped around a head band. The treatment of the eyebrows and eyes, delineated by very fine lines of grisaille, the modeling of the face, and the highlights on the nose and chins are distinctive and executed with considerable skill (note especially the fine lines of stray hair).