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Relief - Virgin and Child
  • Virgin and Child
    Rosselli, Domenico, born 1439 - died 1497
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Virgin and Child

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    last quarter of 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rosselli, Domenico, born 1439 - died 1497 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Relief in stucco

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This relief showing the Virgin and Child is made after Domenico Rosselli, in the last quarter of the 15th century in Florence.

Images of the Virgin and Child were found in virtually every noble household in 15th-century Florence. They acted as a focus for personal devotion and were thought to protect the family from harm.

Physical description

This relief, representing the Virgin and Child, sits in a contemporary frame of gilt and painted wood. The Virgin, turned to the right, is seen in half-length behind a parapet, and supports the Child, who steps forward to the right. She lifts up his right hand in benediction, In the gable of the frame is a painted dove.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)


last quarter of 15th century (made)


Rosselli, Domenico, born 1439 - died 1497 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Relief in stucco


Height: 45.7 cm, Width: 27.9 cm

Object history note

Comparison with a version of the composition in pigmented stucco in Berlin shows that the left side of the Virgin's face has been removed and that her left eye and cheek are restorations. Other examples in stucco are known. The lost prototype seems to have been executed by Domenico Rosselli at the same time as the lunette in San Fransecco at Fossombrone (1480-90).

Descriptive line

Relief, stucco, the Virgin and Child, after Domenico Rosselli, Italy, last quarter of 15th century

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

Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume I: Text. Eighth to Fifteenth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, pp. 150, 151
Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1860. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 31
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 27
Raggio, Olga. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Art Bulletin. Vol. L, 1968, p. 100





Subjects depicted



Christianity; Religion; Reliefs; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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