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Plaquette - The Virgin and Child between candelabra

The Virgin and Child between candelabra

  • Object:

    Plaquette

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    mid 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Donatello, born 1385 - died 1466 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.409-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Plaquettes are small plaques or reliefs made of bronze, brass, lead or precious metals. They originated in the 1440ies with the desire to reproduce coins and hardstone engravings from ancient Greece and Rome. Some were made as collector's pieces, to be viewed and displayed in private, and others for practical purposes. They also inspired designs in other media, from architecture to bookbindings.

Physical description

Plaquette depicts the Virgin seen half length behind a draped parapet, holding the child in her arms, his head on her right. On the parapet are two candelabra surmounted by angels carrying burning lamps.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)

Date

mid 15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Donatello, born 1385 - died 1466 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Diameter: 8.2 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, bronze, the Virgin and Child between candelabra, in the style of Donatello, Italy, middle of 15th century

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

'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. 64
Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes . London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924, p. 18

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Angels; Parapet; Candelabra

Categories

Plaques & Plaquettes; Sculpture; Christianity

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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