Virgin of Paris
Date early 14th Century
Movement Late Gothic
Housed at Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris
While Early Gothic sculpture may have been influenced by Classical works, we see no such thing here; through deep lines may cut through the Virgin’s garments, these do not align with her body parts whatsoever—it appears that she is disembodied, so much so that this piece carries an abstract quality. Further, while earlier works depicting Christ as an infant portray him in a royal air, this one identifies him engaging in childlike behavior.