One of the most significant religious phenomena of the Gothic period was the devotion to Our Lady. The standing, expectant Virgin was a favourite iconographic type in the Iberian Peninsula and was the most original image of this period. Popularly known as the ‘Virgem do Ó’, this piece, originating from the Cathedral in Coimbra, is one of the most successful pieces of work from the hands of its creator – Master Pero – also responsible for some of the finest images known from this period. They are devotional statues, usually of polychrome limestone, and they always repeat the same features.