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Wood sculpture of Mary reading, Adriaen Van Wesel

15th century

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Mary is piously reading a book. Her long hair rides gently over her nice round forehead. Her dress runs down in elegantly draped folds. This lovely wood sculpture is part of a large Mary altarpiece. It was ordered late in the 15th century by the powerful ‘Zwanenbroeders’ from ’s-Hertogenbosch for the Brotherhood Chapel of the St John’s Church. The sculptor was Adriaen van Wesel from Utrecht. He was helped by painter Hieronymus Bosch and his presumed apprentice Gielis Panhedel.