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Panel relief - The Virgin And Child
  • The Virgin And Child
    The Master of the Marble Madonnas
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The Virgin And Child

  • Object:

    Panel relief

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    second half 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    The Master of the Marble Madonnas (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    High relief in marble

  • Museum number:

    6737-1860

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This panel representing the Virgin and Child, is possibly made by Gregorio di Lorenzo (formerly called the Master of the Marble Madonnas), in Florence in the second half of the 15th century.

The Virgin in three-quarter length, is seated against a background of cloud and supports the Child on her left knee. He holds a bird in his left hand and raises his right hand in benediction. In the upper corners are two naked putti flying downwards, each blowing a trumpet. Above the Child's left shoulder is a cherub head.

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.

Gregorio di Lorenzo trained in the workshop of Desiderio da Settignano was active in Florence between 1455 and 1495. He was strongly influenced by Antonio Rossellino who after a period of activity in Tuscany worked in Urbino and its neighbourhood. In this respect his style runs parallel with that of Domenico Rossellini.

Physical description

The Virgin in three-quarter length, is seated against a background of cloud and supports the Child on her left knee. He holds a bird in his left hand and raises his right hand in benediction. In the upper corners are two naked putti flying downwards, each blowing a trumpet. Above the Child's left shoulder is a cherub head. In the bottom left-hand corner appears the arm of the Virgin's chair. The relief has a moulded border.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)

Date

second half 15th century (made)

Artist/maker

The Master of the Marble Madonnas (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

High relief in marble

Dimensions

Height: 79.4 cm, Width: 58.7 cm

Object history note

Purchased in Arezzo.

Descriptive line

Panel relief in marble, probably by Gregorio di Lorenzo (formerly called the Master of the Marble Madonnas), Florence, second half 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. 30
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 47
Bellardi, Alfredo. Il Restauro della "Madonna delle Lacrime" di Rocca San Casciano. Faenza, 1996, p. 14, fig. 14
Bellardi, Alfredo. Per il "Maestro delle Madonne di Marmo". Un vilievo inedito ed altre sculture poco note in Romagna, romagna arte e stona, no. 47, 1996, pp. 9, 11, n 19, fig. 3
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. 151, 152

Materials

Marble

Techniques

High relief

Subjects depicted

Cherub-head; Trumpet; Bird; Putti; Christianity

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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