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Relief - Virgin and Child
  • Virgin and Child
    Rosselli, Domenico, born 1439 - died 1497
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Virgin and Child

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    1450-98 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rosselli, Domenico, born 1439 - died 1497 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved marble in high relief and low relief, partly gilded

  • Museum number:

    7591-1861

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramic Staircase, case WS

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.

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.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)

Date

1450-98 (made)

Artist/maker

Rosselli, Domenico, born 1439 - died 1497 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved marble in high relief and low relief, partly gilded

Dimensions

Height: 104 cm, Width: 65.5 cm, Depth: 14.5 cm, Weight: 144 kg

Object history note

Purchased from the Gigli-Campana Collection, £200.

Historical context note

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.

Descriptive line

Relief, marble, partly gilded, the Virgin and Child with three cherub heads, attributed to Domenico Rosselli, Florence, 1450-98

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

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

Labels and date

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]

Materials

Marble; Gilt

Techniques

Carving; High relief; Gilding; Low relief

Subjects depicted

Wings; Cherubs

Categories

Christianity; Sculpture; Religion

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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