Virgin of Paris

Virgin of Paris

Date early 14th Century

Movement Late Gothic

Medium Stone

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.