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Statuette - Charity


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cordieri, Niccolo, born 1567 - died 1612 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, on a yellow marble base.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This group representing Charity is made by Niccolo Cordieri, in ca. 1600 in Florence. It is a reduction from a marble figure on the tomb of Luisa Deti Aldobrandini in S. Maria sopra Minerva.

Charity (lat. Caritas), literally means 'love', love in the sense of lovingness and kindness towards all others and is the foremost of the virtues.
Charity is often represented with a flame, often coming out of some kind of vase, or she holds a candle. Often she is suckling to infants, or she is surrounded by three to four infants, one usually at the breast.

Cordieri, Niccolo (b. Lothringen: 1567- d. Rome: 1612) (also called himself: Cordier Nicolas, Cordieri, Cordigheri, Niccolo Cori, Niccolo Lorena). Born in Lothringen. He developed an Italien sculptural style, with Michelangelo-like forms, and references to antique late-Roman examples. He belongs to a generation of artists, which prepared the grounds for the development of a baroque style within Italian sculpture (Bernini).

Physical description

This group represents Charity. She stands holding an apple and supporting a little naked girl on her right arm. She wears a girdled gown and a loose cloak-knotted at her back. A flame is burning above her forehead. A naked boy stands on each side of her. On a yellow marble base.

Place of Origin

Rome (made)


ca. 1600 (made)


Cordieri, Niccolo, born 1567 - died 1612 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze, on a yellow marble base.


Height: 37 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Historical context note

A reduction from a marble figure on the tomb of Luisa Deti Aldobrandini in S. Maria sopra Minerva.

Descriptive line

Statuette, group, Bronze, Charity, by Niccolo Cordieri, Italy, Rome, ca. 1600

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

Pressouyre, S. Nicolas Cordier….., Rome, 1984, cat.no. 16
Catalogue of the Italian art loan exhibition : held in the Corporation Galleries, Glasgow, 1882-83, Glasgow : Robert Anderson, 1882
'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 3
Pope-Hennessy, John Wyndham and Santangelol Antonio. Italian Bronze Statuettes . London : Arts Council, 1961


Bronze; Marble

Subjects depicted

Boy; Apple; Girl; Flame


Myths & Legends; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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