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Relief - Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Naples (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1330 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Camaino, Tino di (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved marble

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 10, case 4

This Virgin and Child marble relief is made by Tino di Camaino in Italy, possibly Naples, in 1330.
Camaino (ca. 1280 - ca. 1337) worked in Siena, Pisa, Florence and Naples for some of the most powerful Guelph and Ghibelline patrons of the day. The roots of his style are to be found in late 13th-century Siena, but during his long stay in Ghibelline Pisa it grew nearer to that of Giovanni Pisano.

Physical description

Marble relief depicting the madonna and child. The Madonna is crowned and holds a pomegranate, christ holds a chafinch.

Place of Origin

Naples (possibly, made)


ca. 1330 (made)


Camaino, Tino di (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved marble


Height: 48 cm, Width: 37.2 cm, Depth: 5 cm

Object history note

Bought from K. J. Hewett, Ltd., London, for £2000 (Murray Bequest £600, Horn Bequest £900 & Bryab Bequest £500). Formerly in the Loeser Collection, Florence. In 1923 then relief was in the hands of a dealer in Rome, passing to the Loeser collection at a later date, from which is was bought by Hewett at Sotheby's in 1959 (lot no. 175, £3,800).

Descriptive line

Relief, marble, Virgin and Child, by Tino di Camaino, Italy (possibly Naples), ca. 1330

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

Wilhelm R. Valentiner, 'Studies in Italian Gothic Art, I, Tino di Camaino', Art in America, XI, 1923, 304
Enzo Carli, Tino di Camaino, scultore, Florence, 1934, 47-8, 97
Wilhelm R. Valentiner, Tino di Camaino: a Sienese Sculptore of the fourteenth century, Paris, 1935, 119, 162, pl. 56C
Ottavio Morisani, Tino di Camaino a Napoli, Naples, 1945, 125, note 2
Herbert Friedman, The Symbolic Goldfinch, Washington, 1946, 14-15, 20
Ulrich Alexander Middledorf, Sculpture from the Samuel H. Kress Collection, European Schools, XIV-XIX century, London, 1976, 6
James K. Kettlewell, The Hyde Collection Catalogue, New York, 1981, cat 5. p. 11
Gert Kreytenberg, "Ein doppelseitiges Triptychon in Marmor von Tino di Camaino aus der Zeit um 1334", in T. Michalsky (ed.), Medien der Macht. Kunst zur Zeit der Anjous in Italien (Akten der internationalen Tagung im Liebeghaus - Museum Alter Plastik, 21-23 November 1997), Berlin, 2001, 261-274, esp. 268, fig. 6.
Marguerite, Marie-Lys and Dectot, Xavier, ed. by, D'Or et D'Ivoire, Paris, Pise, Florence, Sienne, 1250-1320, Snooeck and Louvre Lens, 2015, exh. cat., pp. 163






Christianity; Reliefs; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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