Virgin and Child

A work made of painted stucco.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of painted stucco.

Date:

c. 1450

Artist:

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.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 238

Artist

Desiderio da Settignano

Title

Virgin and Child

Origin

Italy

Date

1440–1460

Medium

Painted stucco

Dimensions

61 × 43.2 cm (24 × 17 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Gordon Palmer

Reference Number

1985.111

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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