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Relief - Virgin and Child
  • Virgin and Child
    Bastianini, Giovanni, born 1830 - died 1868
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Virgin and Child

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bastianini, Giovanni, born 1830 - died 1868 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This relief of the Virgin and Child with two cherub heads is in the style of Della Robbia ware. On acquisition it was thought to be the work by Giovanni Bastianini, a nineteenth century sculptor who produced neo- Renaissance works in imitation of Italian Old Masters. However the freer style of this piece, in contrast to other examples of Bastianini's work, suggests instead that it is the work of another hand.

Physical description

Bas-relief. terracotta; the Virgin seated with the Infant Saviour on a cushion placed upon her right knee; on either side is a seraph. The relief is partly enamelled in colours in imitation of Della Robbia ware.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


mid 19th century (made)


Bastianini, Giovanni, born 1830 - died 1868 (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 25.25 in, Width: 18.25 in

Object history note

Given by C.Fairfax Murray, Esq.

Descriptive line

Relief, Virgin and Child, Giovanni Bastianini, mid 19th century.

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

List of Objects in the Art Division South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1893. Arranged according to the dates of acquisition, with appendix and indices. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1894. pp. 40.
MacLagan, E, and Longhurst, Margaret, H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. London: V&A, 1932. pp.170
Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Her Majesty's Stationary Office, 1964. pp.692



Subjects depicted



Sculpture Collection

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