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Virgin and child - Virgin and Child
  • Virgin and Child
    Desiderio da Settignano, born 1430 - died 1464
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Virgin and Child

  • Object:

    Virgin and child

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1455 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Desiderio da Settignano, born 1430 - died 1464 (After)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted and gilded stucco

  • Museum number:

    5767-1859

  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64a, The Robert H. Smith Gallery, case WE

This relief is probably a contemporary squeeze (or cast) from the marble relief by Desiderio da Settignano in the Pinacoteca at Turin. The Turin Madonna was carved about 1450-53 and a large number of stucco derivatives from it are known. The paint surface of the present example is substantially original.

Physical description

Relief of the Virgin and Child in painted and gilded stucco. The Virgin is shown in half-length, embracing the Child who stands in front of her with one foot resting on the ledge at the bottom of the image. There is gilding on the haloes, on parts of the Virgin's dress, and on a garland shown suspended behind the pair. The upper part of the relief shows signs of having been broken and repaired.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)

Date

ca.1455 (made)

Artist/maker

Desiderio da Settignano, born 1430 - died 1464 (After)

Materials and Techniques

Painted and gilded stucco

Marks and inscriptions

Remains of an inscription along the bottom of the relief: '...ENA GLORI...'

Dimensions

Height: 66 cm, Width: 40.9 cm, Depth: 5 cm, Weight: 13 kg

Object history note

Purchased in Florence.
The relief is probably a contemporary squeeze (or cast) from the marble relief by Desiderio da Settignano in the Pinacoteca at Turin. The Turin Madonna was carved about 1450-53 and a large number of stucco derivatives are known.

Descriptive line

Virgin and Child, painted and gilded stucco relief, after Desiderio da Settignano, Italy (Florence), ca. 1455

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

Cardellini, Ida. Desiderio da Settignano, Milan 1962, pp. 286-288, figs 368-374 (Turin Madonna); fig. 371 for V&A version.
Kecks, Ronald G. Madonna und Kind. Das hausliche Andachtsbild in Florenz des 15. Jahrhunderts, Berlin 1988, pp. 138, 144, pl. 69a.
Curtis, Penelope, Depth of Field: the place of relief in the time of Donatello, Leeds: Henry Moore Institute, 2004
Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1859 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. 39
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 44
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. 141
Arnoldi, Franceso Negri, 'Scultura Italiana al Victoria and Albert Museum I&II. In: Commentari, anno XXI, June-July 1970. Fascicoli, pp. 209-211
Bormand, Marc; Paolozzi Strozzi, Beatrice; Penny, Nicolas. Desiderio da Settignano. Sculptor of Renaissance Florence. Exhibiton Catalogue, Musée du Louvre, Paris; Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence; National Art Gallery, Washington, 2007, pp. 30, 32, 80-1, fig. 52 on p. 81, p. 208
Bellardi, Alfredo. 'Uno stemma di Desiderio da Settignano'. Nuovi Studi, 4. II. 1977, p. 35, fig 48
for reference to a similar version

Labels and date

THE VIRGIN AND CHILD
About 1455
After Desiderio da Settignano (1430–64)

This popular composition was made in several stucco versions. The one displayed here was possibly cast from a marble now in the Pinacoteca Sabauda, Turin.
The painting was probably contracted out. According to his workbook, the painter Neri di Bicci painted similar stucco reliefs for Desiderio.

Italy, Florence
Painted and gilded stucco

Museum no. 5767-1859 [2020]

Materials

Stucco

Techniques

Gilding

Categories

Religion; Christianity; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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