Female Saint with a Book


14th century

This marble relief can be dated to the fourteenth century based on the elongated proportions of the figure, coupled with the rhythmic flow of form and drapery. The graceful, lyrical quality of the figure suggests the relief may have originated in Naples, where sculptors were greatly influenced by the early fourteenth-century master, Tino di Camaino (ca. 1285-1337). The relief is certainly a fragment of a larger ensemble, perhaps for a funerary monument.

  • Titles Female Saint with a Book (Proper)
  • Medium marble
  • Dimensions 13 1/4 × 10 1/2 × 1 1/2 in. (33.7 × 26.7 × 3.8 cm)
  • Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Purchase with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. William T. Ratliff, Jr., AFI.4.2004
  • Work Type sculpture
  • Classification Sculpture
  • On View