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

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    middle 15th century (carved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Donatello, born 1385 - died 1466 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stucco, in low relief, partly gilt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The relief, which exists in a number of variations, is known as the Pietra Piana Madonna from an example in terracotta in a tabernacle in the Via Pietra Piana, Florence. Though the composition cannot be credited to Donatello, it reflects the influence of Doantello's Verona Madonna and of a pigmented terracotta Madonna by Donatello in Berlin.

Donatello (1386-1466) was an early Renaissance sculptor and artist from Florence, who became well known for his bas-relief works, which already incorporated perspective illusionism. He was the most imaginative and versatile of the early Renaissance artists, famous for his rendering of human character and for his dramatic narratives.

Physical description

The Virgin is seated with head in right profile and body turned three-quarters to the right. Her head is covered by a veil, and she supports the swaddled Child with her left.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)


middle 15th century (carved)


Donatello, born 1385 - died 1466 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Stucco, in low relief, partly gilt


Height: 83.8 cm, Width: 68.6 cm

Descriptive line

Panel, stucco, in low relief, of the Virgin and Child, in the style of Donatello, Florentine, middle of 15th century

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1860. 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. 31
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 25
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.
Kokole, Stanko. 'Zu Madonnenreliefs des Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino'. In: Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, xxxvii, 1993, 2/3, no 22, pp. 221-222




Gilding; Relief

Subjects depicted



Sculpture; Religion; Christianity


Sculpture Collection

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