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Virgin and Child

A work made of painted stucco.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of painted stucco.


c. 1450


Desiderio da Settignano (After)
Italian, 1428-1464

About this artwork

Desiderio da Settignano was the most gifted Florentine sculptor of his day. He excelled at creating marble reliefs of the Virgin and Child, in which forms overlap within an extremely shallow space while conveying a profound awareness of the bond between mother and child. This painted stucco, of which at least a dozen versions are known, was cast from a marble known as the Turin Madonna (Turin, Galleria Sabauda), one of Desiderio’s most admired works. The quality of the painting and punching suggest that this stucco was finished in the workshop of Neri di Bicci, a 15th-century Florentine painter who frequently collaborated with other artists.


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Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Desiderio da Settignano


Virgin and Child


Italy (Object made in)

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Painted stucco


61 × 43.2 cm (24 × 17 in.)

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Bequest of Mrs. Gordon Palmer

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