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Relief - Virgin & Child

Virgin & Child

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Lombardy (made)

  • Date:

    Early 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Relief in gilded and pigmented wood.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The relief has affinities with the work of Benedetto Briosco at Pavia. The painting and gilding on the relief are original. That on the frame and the base, including inscription, is modern. The Child's right arm would originally been shown in benediction.

the striated drapery over the arm suggests that the relief may have been carved as late as the first quarter of the sixteenth century.

Physical description

The central relief, which is carved separately from the remainder of the work is recessed in a shallow fluted medallion surrounded by a strip of beaded ornament and a flat band with an external moulding. The circular medallion rests on a wooden base. The Virgin is represented in half-length, holding the Child across her body on the left arm. The gilding of the medallion, of the Virgin's robes and of the ornament above the base is original, as is the paint surface in the flesh parts. The blue paint on the frame and the base is more modern, as is the inscription. The Child's right arm has been broken off above the elbow, and seems originally to have been shown in benediction.

Place of Origin

Lombardy (made)


Early 16th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Relief in gilded and pigmented wood.

Marks and inscriptions

Inscription; decoration; On the front of the base


Height: 78.1 cm With base, Diameter: 58.4 cm Of medallion, Weight: 7 kg

Descriptive line

Relief in gilded and pigmented wood, 'Virgin & Child', Early 16th century, Italian

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

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. 28
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 115
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, p. 383

Production Note

This relief has affinities with the work of Benedetto Briosco at Pavia.




Gilding; Pigmenting; Relief

Subjects depicted



Sculpture; Christianity; Religion


Sculpture Collection

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