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Watercolour - Madonna


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1979 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Samperi, Elena, born 1951 - died 1987 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour and bodycolour and varnish

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf DR58, box CONS

Physical description

A watercolour painting depicting a woman letting out a scream as she suckles her baby. The baby appears as a fully grown but miniature man with sharpened teeth.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1979 (made)


Samperi, Elena, born 1951 - died 1987 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour and bodycolour and varnish

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated in pencil 'Elena Samperi 79'


Height: 72.2 cm, Width: 50.8 cm

Descriptive line

Watercolour by Elena Samperi, 'Madonna', pencil, watercolour, bodycolour and varnish, London, 1979

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

p.27 and p. 48 (illus. p.70)
Kent, Sarah and Jacqueline Morreau. Women's Images of Men. London: Pandora, 1985. 200p, ill. ISBN 0044404611.
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1996


Pencil; Watercolour; Bodycolour; Varnish


Painting; Drawing

Subjects depicted

Parody; Feminism


Paintings; Feminism


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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