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Relief - The Virgin and Child

The Virgin and Child

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    first half of the 15th century (carved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Firenze, Michele da (Sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Terracotta, in high relief

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This panel-relief is made by Michele da Firenze in the first half of the 15th century in Florence.

Images of the Virgin and Child were found in virtually every noble household in 15th-century Florence. They acted as a focus for personal devotion and were thought to protect the family from harm. They were believed to have talismatic and protective properties. Some compositions, particularly those associated with miracle-working images, became very popular and were widely reproduced.

Physical description

The Virgin is enthroned on a high step holding the Child on her right knee. Beneath her feet is an empty shield between two flowers. Two angels play musical instruments, eight others appear.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


first half of the 15th century (carved)


Firenze, Michele da (Sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Terracotta, in high relief


Height: 45.7 cm, Width: 34 cm

Object history note

Purchased from the Gigli-Campana Collection, £10.

Descriptive line

Panel-relief, The Virgin and Child, terracotta, by Michele da Firenze, Florence, first half of 15th century

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. 17
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, pp. 69, 70




High relief

Subjects depicted

Lute; Virgin and Child; Angels; Violin


Christianity; Religion; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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