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Virgin and Child

  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    Padua (original, sculpted)
    Berlin (probably, cast)

  • Date:

    ca. 1305 (sculpted)
    ca. 1888 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pisano, Giovanni (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster Cast, painted plaster.

  • Museum number:

    REPRO.1888-517

  • Gallery location:

    Cast Courts, Room 46b, The Weston Cast Court , case C

Physical description

Plaster Cast of the Virgin and Child, after the marble original on the alter in the Scrovegni Chapel in S. Maria dell'Arena, Padua. The cast is signed 'DEO GRATIAS OPVS IOHIS MAGISTRI NICOLI DE PISIS' ('By the Grace of God, the work of Giovanni the son of Master Nicolo from Pisa').

Place of Origin

Padua (original, sculpted)
Berlin (probably, cast)

Date

ca. 1305 (sculpted)
ca. 1888 (cast)

Artist/maker

Pisano, Giovanni (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster Cast, painted plaster.

Marks and inscriptions

Signed 'DEO GRATIAS OPVS IOHIS MAGISTRI NICOLI DE PISIS'
'By the Grace of God, the work of Giovanni the son of Master Nicolo from Pisa'.

Dimensions

Height: 132 cm, Width: 43.5 cm

Object history note

Acquired as an exchange with the Kaiser Friedrich Museum, Berlin for £4 10s (90 marks)

Historical context note

Signed DEO GRATIAS OPVS IOHIS MAGISTRI NICOLI DE PISIS (By the Grace of God, the work of Giovanni the son of Master Nicolo from Pisa). The Scrovegni chapel is the funerary chapel of Enrico Scrovegni, a wealthy merchant banker of Padua. The foundation stone of the chapel was laid in 1303 and in 1305 the chapel was consecrated. Between 1303 and 1312/13 Giotto decorated the Scrovegni chapel with frescoes depicting scenes from the New Testament. Giovanni Pisano's Virgin and Child stands on the altar, between two angels from the workshop of this sculptor.

Descriptive line

Plaster cast, painted plaster, after the original, marble Virgin and Child in the Scrovegni Chapel, in the church of Santa Maria dell'Arena, Padua, by Giovanni Pisano, Padua, in about 1305. Probably cast in Berlin, Germany, in about 1888.

Labels and date

This cast shows a graceful sculpture of the Virgin and Child from a chapel in Padua that is better known for the frescoes there painted by Giotto. The sculpture was made by one of the painter's contemporaries, Giovanni Pisano. The cast was produced using a mould made up of various pieces. The lines on the surface show how the mould fitted together. [2014]

Materials

Plaster

Techniques

Casting

Subjects depicted

Figures (representations); Crowns

Categories

Ph_survey; Sculpture; Religion; Christianity

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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