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Relief model - The Nativity

The Nativity

  • Object:

    Relief model

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    17th century - 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This model or sketch in terracotta, representing the Madonna is the work of on an unknown Italian artist from Florence of the 17th or 18th century.

The relief shows the Virgin kneeling behind the crib; to the left is the kneeling figure of St. Joseph, and to the right are two shepherds with a lamb.

It was purchased in Florence from the Gherardini Collection.

Physical description

Relief in terracotta. In the centre the Virgin kneels behind the crib; to the left is the kneeling figure of St. Joseph, and to the right are two shepherds with a lamb.
The relief, which is covered with dark monochrome paint, is broken horizontally above the level of the heads, and the fingers of the right hand of the Virgin and the left hand of the standing shepherd are missing. The head of St. Joseph has been broken and repaired.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)


17th century - 18th century (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 22.9 cm, Width: 27.9 cm

Object history note

Purchased in Florence from the Gherardini Collection

Descriptive line

Sketch model in low relief in terracotta, first half of seventeenth century, Italy

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1854. 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. 20
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 157
Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume II: Text. Sixteenth to Twentieth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, p. 578





Subjects depicted

Lambs; Angel; Shepherds; Cribs


Sculpture; Religion; Christianity


Sculpture Collection

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