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Relief - The Virgin and Child
  • The Virgin and Child
    Ferrucci, Francesco di Simone, born 1437 - died 1493
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The Virgin and Child

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1460-1470 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ferrucci, Francesco di Simone, born 1437 - died 1493 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Relif in stucco

  • Museum number:

    7622-1861

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The relief is a contemporary stucco squeeze (or cast) from a marble relief in the Palazzo Communale at Solarolo (near Ravenna), which was originally housed in the Rocca of Solarolo. The Rocca was rebuilt by Astorgio II Manfredi (d.1468) in about 1456-1461, and the original marble relief dates from soon after this time. The lower section of the Solarolo relief is a sixteenth-century addition, and the present stucco probably reproduces the original base. Francesco di Simone Ferrucci (1437-1493) was born at Fiesole, near Florence, and trained under his father Simone. He was influenced by the work of the Florentine sculptors, Desiderio da Settignano and Verrocchio.

Physical description

This relief in stucco shows a seated Virgin, turned slightly to the right in three-quarter length. In the left corner is the arm of her chair. The Child stands on a cushion on the right with his arm round her neck. In an elaborate framework with horns of plenty at the top terminating in the centre in two scrolls surmounted by a winged scallop shell; the console has two sphinx-like monsters with a flaming brazier between them, and a frieze with garlands and cherub heads.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)

Date

ca. 1460-1470 (made)

Artist/maker

Ferrucci, Francesco di Simone, born 1437 - died 1493 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Relif in stucco

Dimensions

Height: 198.1 cm, Width: 111.8 cm

Object history note

Purchased from the Gigli-Campana Collection, £40 in 1861.

Descriptive line

Relief, stucco, The Virgin and Child, after Francesco Di Simone Ferrucci, Italy, Florence, ca. 1460-1470

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1861. 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. 29
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 68
Kecks, Ronald G. Madonna und Kind. Das häusliche Andachtsbild im Florenz des 15. Jahrhunderts. Berlin, 1988, p. 139, pl. 72a
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. 173, 174

Labels and date

The relief is a contemporary stucco squeeze (or cast) from a marble relief in the Palazzo Communale at Solarolo (near Ravenna), which was originally housed in the Rocca of Solarolo. The Rocca was rebuilt by Astorgio II Manfredi (d.1468) in about 1456-1461, and the marble relief dates from soon after this time. The lower section of the Solarolo relief is a sixteenth-century addition, and the present stucco probably reproduces the original base. Francesco di Simone Ferrucci was born at Fiesole, near Florence, and trained under his father Simone. He was influenced by the work of the Florentine sculptors, Desiderio da Settignano and Verrocchio. []

Materials

Stucco

Techniques

Relief

Subjects depicted

Scallop shell; Monsters; Brazier; Cherub head; Frieze

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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