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Relief - The Virgin and Child
  • The Virgin and Child
    Donatello, born 1385 - died 1466
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The Virgin and Child

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    1441 (carved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Donatello, born 1385 - died 1466 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Marble relief

  • Museum number:

    5801-1859

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This panel, representing the Virgin and Child, is in the style of Donatello, made in Florence in the 15th century.

The brothers Conte (b. 1411) and Tommaso (b. 1400) Spinelli, to whom the inscription is referring, were the sons of Leonardo Spinelli (d. 1427). Tommaso di Leonardo Spinelli was a benefactor of Santa Croce in Florence, and is buried in the church.

Physical description

The Virgin is represented in half-length behind a parapet with head turned three-quarters to the right. She supports the Child with her left hand as He stands on the parapet.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)

Date

1441 (carved)

Artist/maker

Donatello, born 1385 - died 1466 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Marble relief

Marks and inscriptions

FECERVNT.FIERI.CONTES.ETOHMAS.FRatrES.DE.SPINELLIS.MCCCC.XXXXI
inscribed below

Dimensions

Height: 74 cm, Width: 57.5 cm

Object history note

Acquired in Florence

Historical context note

The brothers Conte (b. 1411) and Tommaso (b. 1400) Spinelli, to whom the inscription is referring, were the sons of Leonardo Spinelli (d. 1427). Tommaso di Leonardo Spinelli was a benefactor of Santa Croce in Florence, and is buried in the church.

Descriptive line

Relief of The Virgin and Child, marble, style of Donatello, Florence, 1441

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1859 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. 39
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 27
Pope-Hennessy, John assisted by Ronald Lightbown. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume I: Text. Eighth to Fifteenth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, pp. 98, 99
Raggio, Olga. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Art Bulletin. Vol. L, 1968, p. 209

Materials

Marble

Techniques

Relief

Subjects depicted

Cherub

Categories

Sculpture; Christianity; Religion

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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