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Relief - The Virgin and Child with an Angel
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The Virgin and Child with an Angel

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1640 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Virgin and Child

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze in high relief

  • Museum number:

    8384-1863

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 5, The Friends of the V&A Gallery, case CA9

This bronze relief, of the Virgin and Child, is by Jacques Sarazin and was made in about 1640 in Paris.

Sarazin (1588-1660) studied and worked in Rome between 1610 and 1628, and was deeply influenced there by the sculptures of Algardi and Duquesnoy. The relief shows these influences. His work is the sculptural equivalent of the paintings of his close friend Simon Vouet, who studied with him in Rome. One of the founders of the Academie Royale, Sarazin assisted Charles Lebrun in its organisation. The leading sculptor in Paris in the first half of the 17th century, he was the teacher of many of the generation of sculptors who were to work at Versailles (Girardon, Marsy, Le Hongre), exerting a decisive influence on the special development of French Baroque sculpture and architectural decoration.

Physical description

The oval relief depicts the Virgin in half-length suckling the swaddled Child, who is held in her right arm. She gazes downwards at the Child and presses her breast with her left hand. From the left an angel with hands crossed on his chest leans forward towards the Child. His left wing extends behind the Child's head. The relief is set on a flat background of gilt metal, and is contained in a foliated repoussé copper frame with bronze ribbons at the top.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1640 (made)

Artist/maker

Virgin and Child

Materials and Techniques

Bronze in high relief

Dimensions

Height: 58.4 cm, Width: 72.4 cm, Height: 680 mm approx, Width: 715 mm approx, Depth: 135 mm approx

Object history note

Sarazin studied and worked in Rome between 1610 and 1628, and was deeply influenced there by the sculptures of Algardi and Duquesnoy. The relief shows these influences. His work is the sculptural equivalent of the paintings of his close friend Simon Vouet, who studied with him in Rome.

Descriptive line

Relief, bronze, depicting the Virgin and Child, by Jacques Sarazin, Paris, ca.1640

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1863 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
Arnoldi, Franceso Negri, 'Scultura Italiana al Victoria and Albert Museum I&II. In: Commentari, anno XXI, June-July 1970. Fascicoli, pp. 205, 206
Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume II: Text. Sixteenth to Twentieth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, p. 626
De Lavergnée, Barbara Brejon, Bresc-Bautier, Geneviève, de la Moureyre, Françoise, Jacques Sarazin: Sculpteur du Roi 1592-1660, exh. cat., Noyonnais, Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1992, p. 145, fig. 82

Labels and date

THE VIRGIN AND CHILD WITH AN ANGEL
By Jacques Sarazin (1588-1660)
FRENCH, Paris, about 1640
Bronze, on a gilt copper background, the frame of copper repousse.

Sarazin studied and worked in Rome between 1610 and 1628, and was deeply influenced there by the sculptures of Algardi and Duquesnoy. His work is the sculptural equivalent of the paintings of his close friend Simon Vouet, who studied with him in Rome.

8384-1863 [1970-1980]
THE VIRGIN AND CHILD WITH AN ANGEL
French (Paris); about 1640
Bronze, on a gilt copper background; the frame of the copper repousse
By Jacques Sarazin

Sarazin studied and worked in Rome between1610 and 1628, and was deeply influenced there by the sculptures of Algardi and Duquesnoy. His work is the sculptural equivalent of the paintings of his close friend Simon Vouet, who studies with him in Rome.
[1993 - 2011]

Production Note

(also written Sarrazin)

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Cast

Subjects depicted

Angel

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Sculpture; Metalwork; Medallions; Reliefs

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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