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Relief - Virgin and Child
  • Virgin and Child
    Ghiberti, Lorenzo, born 1378 - died 1455
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Virgin and Child

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1425-1450 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ghiberti, Lorenzo, born 1378 - died 1455 (Workshop of)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pigmented stucco

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr J. H. Fitzhenry

  • Museum number:

    A.33-1910

  • Gallery location:

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

The fifteenth-century theologian Fra Giovanni Dominici recommended that parents keep images ‘in which your child might delight. The Virgin Mary is good to have with the child on her arm’. Inventories show that such images were mainly kept in the camera, or bedchamber, where close friends and family were also received. The relief enjoyed great popularity and was much reproduced.

Physical description

Pigmented stucco relief depicting the Virgin and Child.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)

Date

ca. 1425-1450 (made)

Artist/maker

Ghiberti, Lorenzo, born 1378 - died 1455 (Workshop of)

Materials and Techniques

Pigmented stucco

Dimensions

Height: 88.5 cm, Width: 74.5 cm, Depth: 23 cm, Weight: 40 kg

Object history note

Given by J.H. Fitzhenry.

Historical context note

The relief enjoyed great popularity and was much reproduced.

Descriptive line

Relief, Virgin and Child, pigmented stucco, workshop of Lorenzo Ghiberti, Italy (Florence), ca. 1425-50

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

Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 15
Pope-Hennessy, John, assisted by Lightbown, Ronald. 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. 59
Raggio, Olga. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Art Bulletin. Vol. L, 1968, p. 100
Curtis, Penelope, Depth of Field: the place of relief in the time of Donatello, Leeds: Henry Moore Institute, 2004

Labels and date

THE VIRGIN AND CHILD
About 1425-50
Workshop of Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378-1455)

The 15th-century theologian Fra Giovanni Dominici recommended that parents keep images 'in which your child may delight. The Virgin Mary is good to have with the child on her arm'. Inventories show that such images were mainly kept in the camera, or bedchamber, where close friends and family were also received. This composition was clearly popular as several variants survive.

Italy, Florence

Pigmented stucco

Museum no. A.33-1910
Given by Mr J.H. Fitzhenry [2008]

Materials

Stucco

Categories

Sculpture; Christianity; Religion

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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