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Virgin and Child

Relief
1450-98 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This relief of a Virgin and Child is attributed to Domenico Rosselli, made in ca. 1450-98 in Florence and is related to a stucco in the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino, where Rosselli was working after 1476. Its compositions reminiscent of reliefs by Antonio Rossellino, in whose workshop Rosselli appears to have received his training.

This Italian Renaissance relief has been in the V&A's collection since 1861. Henry Moore copied the head of the Virgin during his time as a student at the nearby Royal College of Art.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved marble in high relief and low relief, partly gilded
Brief Description
Relief, marble, partly gilded, the Virgin and Child with three cherub heads, attributed to Domenico Rosselli, Florence, 1450-98
Physical Description
Marble relief, partly gilded. The Virging is shown in three-quarter length facing to the (proper) left, on a seat part of which is visible in the lower (proper) right corner of the relief. She holds the Christ child on her left knee. His right hand is raised in benediction. Three winged cherub heads are carved above the Virgin's head in front of a cloudy sky.
Dimensions
  • Height: 104cm
  • Width: 65.5cm
  • Depth: 14.5cm
  • Weight: 144kg
Gallery Label
  • This Italian Renaissance relief has been in the V&A's collection since 1861. Henry Moore copied the head of the Virgin during his time as a student at the nearby Royal College of Art. His version can be seen alongside.(March 2007)
  • The relief is related to a stucco in the Palazzo Ducale, Urbino, where Rosselli was working after 1476. Its composition is reminiscent of reliefs by Antonio Rossellino, in whose shop Rosselli appears to have received his training.(July 1999)
Object history
Purchased from the Gigli-Campana Collection, £200.
Historical context
Henry Moore copied the head of the Virgin during his time as a student at the nearby Royal College of Art.

The relief is related to a stucco in the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino, where Rosselli was working after 1476. Its compositions reminiscent of reliefs by Antonio Rossellino, in whose workshop Rosselli appears to have received his training.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This relief of a Virgin and Child is attributed to Domenico Rosselli, made in ca. 1450-98 in Florence and is related to a stucco in the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino, where Rosselli was working after 1476. Its compositions reminiscent of reliefs by Antonio Rossellino, in whose workshop Rosselli appears to have received his training.



This Italian Renaissance relief has been in the V&A's collection since 1861. Henry Moore copied the head of the Virgin during his time as a student at the nearby Royal College of Art.
Associated Object
Bibliographic References
  • Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1861 In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 28
  • Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 46
  • Röll, Johannes. Giovanni Dalmata. Worms, 1994, p. 119, n.. 356
  • Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume I: Text. Eighth to Fifteenth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, p. 148, 149
  • Curtis, Penelope, Depth of Field: the place of relief in the time of Donatello, Leeds: Henry Moore Institute, 2004
  • Garrould, Ann et al., Henry Moore : early carvings 1920-1940, Leeds : Leeds City Art Galleries, 1982II, p. 44
Collection
Accession Number
7591-1861

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record createdJuly 17, 2007
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