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Master of the Furies (Austrian). Saint Sebastian, 17th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Fund, Walter and Leonore Annenberg Acquisitions Endowment Fund, and Mr. and Mrs. J. Tomilson Hill and Hester Diamond Gifts, 2013 (2013.36) | Saint Sebastian is shown hovering between life and death, casting off his worldly existence as his soul rises to Heaven. #MetViewpoints
The three magi, or The Three Kings. Traditions identify a variety of different names for the Magi. In the Western Christian church they have been commonly known as: Melchior (also Melichior), a Persian scholar; Caspar (also Gaspar, Jaspar, Jaspas, Gathaspa,and other variations), an Indian scholar; Balthazar (also Balthasar, Balthassar, and Bithisarea), an Arabian scholar. ca. 1515–20 Culture: South German
Christ and St. John the Evangelist; Germany, Swabia, 1300-1320. Sculptural groupings of Christ and St. John were prolific in Swabia after 1300. The subject appears unique to the region, and is linked to contemporary German practices of mystical contemplation. This image was especially popular among female worshippers. Additional reading: Christ and St. John the Evangelist as a Model of Medieval Mysticism, Carolyn S. Jirousek
Virgin and Child in Majesty, 1150–1200 French; Made in Auvergne Walnut with paint, gesso, and linen This type of sculpture, with the Christ Child seated in the Virgin's lap in a frontal pose, is known as a Sedes Sapientiae (Throne of Wisdom). These seemingly straightforward images convey complex theological ideas. Mary serves as Christ's throne.