The Virgin and Child, known as "Virgin of Dom Rupert"

This polychrome bas-relief depicts the Virgin sitting in majesty on a seat with a cushion. A rare depiction, she wraps the Child in her cloak, which presses the maternal breast through the notch of the bodice. The group is part of a curved frame, the moulding of which ends with a wide flat plane.

The relief comes from the former Benedictine abbey of Saint-Laurent in Liège. It owes its name to a late legend that says that Dom Rupert, a renowned Liège theologian in the early twelfth century and the future abbot of Deutz near Cologne, who was little versed in studies during his youth, solicited the Virgin Mary for intelligence, and received it.

Rather than being a contemporary of Dom Rupert, the work would have been located under the Abbey of Wazelin II (1149–1158). It is known that the activity favoured the embellishment of its monastery, or its successor.

Année d'exécution
Vers 1160 - Grès houiller polychrome
92 x 64 cm