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This is a selection of a sculptural specialty, the Vierges Romanes (Romanesque Virgins). These are 11-13th century stylized wooden statues of the Madonna and Child, usually polychrome but sometimes covered in plate and jewels. More formally, they are known as Sedes Sapientiae, the Throne of Wisdom. A subset of these are the Black Madonnas, which are particularly venerated in Spain and France. An interesting article on the subject of the Throne of Wisdom madonnas can be found at <a...
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