Bust of Marie de France

Marie de France

Bust of Marie de France (1327–41), Daughter of Charles IV of France, 14th century Jean de Liège (Franco-Netherlandish, active in Paris, died 1381) French; Made in Île de France Marble; H. 12 3/16 in. (31 cm). Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.100.132). www.metmuseum.org

The royal abbey of Saint-Denis was the burial site for French kings and their families. Many of these tombs were vandalized after the French Revolution, and this elegant head originally rested upon a stone pillow as part of a tomb effigy. Her braided hair is arranged in a style fashionable at the medieval French court.


Courtly Culture
European Culture
Figurative Art