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Bust of the Virgin
ca. 1390–95
Bohemia
Terracotta with polychromy
The Cloisters Collection, 2005
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The things that bother me about the Met’s Bohemian Virgin are:

* The damage and fraying shows up everywhere but on the astonishingly pretty face -- the "money part" of the work.

* Every authentic Bohemian Virgin or female saint around 1400 is beautiful, but not, as here, sticky-sweetly-saccharine cute.

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