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Virgin and child

Relief
ca. 1460 (made), ca. 1840-1860 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The relief is carved using the difficult technique known in Italian as 'rilievo schiacciato' or 'squashed relief'. The great Florentine fifteenth-century sculptor Donatello was credited with inventing this technique, and the relief has been associated with a lost work by him. However, it is more likely to be the work of a follower, or possibly a later carving in the style of his younger contemporary Desiderio da Settignano.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved marble
Brief Description
Relief of the Virgin and child ascribed to Desidero da Settignano, Italy (Florence), c. 1460 or c.1840-60.
Physical Description
Relief in marble the Virgin and Child. The Virgin is seated on a low bench facing to the right and bending over the Child, who raises both arms to clutch her robe.
Dimensions
  • Height: 27.2cm
  • Width: 16.5cm
  • Depth: 4.2cm (Note: Measured for the Donatello exhibition (2022-2023))
Credit line
Purchased with the aid of contributions from Sir Joseph Duveen and Art Fund
Subjects depicted
Summary
The relief is carved using the difficult technique known in Italian as 'rilievo schiacciato' or 'squashed relief'. The great Florentine fifteenth-century sculptor Donatello was credited with inventing this technique, and the relief has been associated with a lost work by him. However, it is more likely to be the work of a follower, or possibly a later carving in the style of his younger contemporary Desiderio da Settignano.
Bibliographic References
  • Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: HMSO, 1964. cat. no. 114. fig. no. 135.
  • Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. London, 1932. p. 42.
  • Olga Raggio. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Art Bulleting. vol. L. 1968. p. 101.
  • The genius of the sculptor in Michaelangelo's work. Montreal, 1992. pp. 28-29. Catalogue of the exhibition held in Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Seymour, C. jr. Sculpture in Italy: 1400-1500. Harmondsworth/Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1966. p. 240. note. 21.
  • Laschke, B. Fra Giovan Angelo da Montorsoli: ein Florentiner Bildhauer des 16. Jahrhunderts. Berlin: Mann, 1993. p. 36. note. 20.
  • Drapers, J. D. Bertoldo di Giovanni: sculptor of the Medici household; critical reappraisal and catalogue raisonné. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1992. p. 41. note. 7.
  • Cardellini, Ida. Desiderio da Settignano. Milan, 1962. no. 298. pp. 72, 74, 246-247.
  • Androsov, S. O. Desiderio da Settignano and his works in the Hermitage. Reports from the State Hermitage. XXII, 1982. p. 13. n. 14.
  • Avery, C. Donatello's marble narrative reliefs. Le vie del marmo. Aspetti della produzione e della diffusione dei manufatti marmorei tra Quattrocento e Cinquecento. Centro Culturale L. Russo, 3 October 1992. pp. 10-11. note. 15. Illus. 8.
  • Bormand, M., Strozzi, B. P. and Penny, N., eds. Desiderio da Settignano. Sculptor of Renaissance Florence. 2007. p. 101. note. 4. Catalogue of the exhibition held in Musée du Louvre, Paris; Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence; National Gallery of Art, Washington.
  • Naldi, Riccardo, Andrea Ferrucci: marmi gentili tra la Toscana e Napoli, Naples, 2002, pp. 173, 199, fig. 209.
  • Sénéchal, Philippe, Giovan Francesco Rustici, 1475-1554: un sculpteur de la Renaissance entre Florence et Paris, Paris, 2007, pp. 36, 38, fig. 28.
  • Acidini, Cristina (ed.), Renaissance Florence : the Age of Lorenzo de' Medici, 1449-1492, Milano ; Firenze : Charta, 1993
  • Barocchi, Paola (ed.), Il Giardino di San Marco. Maestri e compagni del Giovane Michelangelo, Firenze : Silvana Editoriale, 1992no.14
Collection
Accession Number
A.84-1927

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