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Statuette - Virgin and Child with St John
  • Virgin and Child with St John
    Vergelli, Tiburzio, born 1555 - died 1610
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Virgin and Child with St John

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    late 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vergelli, Tiburzio, born 1555 - died 1610 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support, and the assistance of the Murray Bequest and the Bryan Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 117, case 3 []

Tiburzio Vergelli was trained in the Recanati workshop of the Lombardi brothers and Antonio Calcagni, which was set up to supply large works in bronze for the important shrine of the Holy House at Loreto nearby. After Calcagni's death in 1593 Vergelli became the leader of the Recanatese school. It is by comparison with Vergelli's works for the Holy House and for the bronze font in the Basilica at Loreto that the present statue has been attributed to him. Almost all the sculptures from the Recanati workshop are in their original locations and this is the only statuette from the school in a museum.

Physical description

Group, bronze. The Virgin, heavily draped, holds the naked Christ Child in her right hand, his left foot supported on her drapery. Both these figures look down at the St John; the Virgin's left hand stretches out towards him as he looks at her and clutches her drapery. The St John is cast in the round, but the Virgin and Child group has a hollowed back with a supporting strut. The group was originally set in a niche and it is quite likely the damage was caused by the sculpture being wrenched from its position.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


late 16th century (made)


Vergelli, Tiburzio, born 1555 - died 1610 (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 56.1 cm Virgin Mary, Height: 26.4 cm St John

Object history note

Purchased with funds from the Murray Bequest, the Bryan Bequest and the National Art Collections Fund from David Peel.

Descriptive line

Statuette, bronze, Virgin and Child with Infant St John, attributed to Tiburzio Vergelli, Italy, 1600.

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

National Art Collections Fund Report, 1974, p. 11
Radcliffe, Anthony. 'Tiburzio Vergelli, Giambologna and a rare brnze group from Recanati'. In: Antologia di Bella Art, 1904, pp. 21-25.
Giannatiempo Lopez, Maria. 'Tiburzio Vergelli e la porta nord di Loreto' in Le Arti nelle Marche al Tempo di Sisto V, Milan, p. 251, no. 26.




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