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Virgin and Child

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Virgin and Child


Desiderio da Settignano after [ULAN info: Italian artist, 1428-1464]








Relief of the Virgin and Child in painted and gilt stucco

Relief of the Virgin and Child, painted and gilt stucco. The half-length Virgin is shown in three-quarter view, in the act of praying over Christ Child. The Virgin has long, curly hair which flows behind her right shoulder. She is finely painted, and special care has been given to the decoration of her scarlet robe, veil and halo. The Christ Child, seen in profile, is sitting in front of his mother. He is dressed in a robe and a tall waist-belt and he is indicating the Virgin with his left hand, whilst clasping an end of the Virgin’s veil with his right hand. The halo of Christ Child is also finely decorated. The figures are set against a flat painted background

Production Place

Florence (place)

Tuscany (region)

Italy (country)

Tuscan (nationality)

Italian (nationality)

Technique Description

stucco, painted and gilded


height: width:


mid 15th century


circa 1450 to 1460


given: The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1934-04-25 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


  1. (1935) Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Twenty-sixth Annual Report, 1934, Cambridge (Cambs.) [page: p. 4]
    [comments: Publ. Illustrated, p. 4, no. 13]

Other Notes

There is another example also coloured of this relief after Settignano, in the Ciccio Collection at Capodimonte Museum, Naples (10th October 1961)

Accession Number

M.1-1934 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 29637; Input Date: 2001-05-30 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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