Virgin and Child

Relief
ca. 1425-1450 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64a, The Robert H. Smith Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pigmented stucco
Brief Description
Relief, Virgin and Child, pigmented stucco, workshop of Lorenzo Ghiberti, Italy (Florence), ca. 1425-50
Physical Description
Pigmented stucco relief depicting the Virgin and Child.
Dimensions
  • Height: 88.5cm
  • Width: 74.5cm
  • Depth: 23cm
  • Weight: 40kg
Gallery Label
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)
Credit line
Given by Mr J. H. Fitzhenry
Object history
Given by J.H. Fitzhenry.
Historical context
The relief enjoyed great popularity and was much reproduced.
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic References
  • 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
Collection
Accession Number
A.33-1910

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record createdFebruary 25, 2004
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