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Bas-relief - Charity

Charity

  • Object:

    Bas-relief

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Terracotta

  • Museum number:

    201-1879

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bas-relief in terracotta depicts a female figure symbolising Charity reclining in a landscape with children grouped around her. This relief is Italian and dates from the seventeenth century.
Charity (lat. Caritas), literally means 'love', love in the sense of lovingness and kindness towards all others and is the foremost of the virtues.
Charity is often represented with a flame, often coming out of some kind of vase, or she holds a candle. Often she is suckling to infants, or she is surrounded by three to four infants, one usually at the breast.

Physical description

Bas-relief, terra-cotta, oval. 'Charity'; a female reclining in a landscape with children grouped around her.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Terracotta

Dimensions

Height: 36.19 cm, Width: 29.21 cm

Object history note

Bought from J.C. Robinson in 1879.

Descriptive line

Bas-relief, terracotta, Charity, Italy, 17th century

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

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington Museum acquired in the Year 1879. London, 1880, p. 19

Materials

Terracotta

Techniques

Bas-relief

Categories

Reliefs

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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