Buste de Saint Jean de Calvaire, France, Burgundy, early 15th century
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Buste de Saint Jean de Calvaire

Buste de Saint Jean de Calvaire

Limestone
France, Burgundy, early 15th century

Dimensions

Height
36 cm; 1 ft. 2⅕ in.
Width
26 cm; 10⅕ in.
Depth
18 cm; 7⅛ in.

Provenance

Private collection, France

Related literature

J. Boccador, Statuaire médiévale en France de 1400 à 1530, Tome 1 (les Clefs du Temps, 1974), pp. 213, 286-287; pls. 259-260, 365

This beautiful bust of Saint John is the embodiment of medieval devotion, the quiet spirituality and technical sophistication of the carving providing an intimate glimpse into the personal grief of the disciple at Calvary. 

With his head tilted, brow furrowed and expression distressed, he leans on his right hand, his sorrowful and contemplative mood palpable. A poignant composition of high aesthetic quality, this is a deeply provocative work with serene celestial movement and powerful emotional resonance.