Plaque: The Litanies of the Blessed Virgin

Small heart-shaped painted enamel plaque depicting the litanies of the Blessed Virgin

Pierre Reymond (1513–after 1584)
Plaque: The Litanies of the Blessed Virgin
Limoges, mid-16th century
Enamel on copper, parcel-gilt
4 5/16 × 3 11/16 in. (11 × 9.4 cm)
Marks (reverse of plaque): P.R.
Gift of Alexis Gregory, 2021
Photo Joseph Coscia Jr.



The design of the composition is based on an engraving by Thielman Kerver (act. 1497–1522), published in a book of hours (Heures de la Vierge à l’usage de Rome) in 1505. Under a dark blue background filled with stars, the Virgin Mary on this plaque painted in grisaille is dressed in white, her hands joined in prayer. She is positioned within a thin gold mandorla and surrounded by the Litanies of the Blessed Virgin, prayers consisting of a series of supplications. God is blessing her from above. Numerous symbols associated with the iconography of the Virgin are represented. 

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