By Antonio Rossellino / Relief / 15th CenturyBy Antonio Rossellino
15th Century

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Creator Name: Rossellino, Antonio
Creator Role: Sculptor
Creator Dates/Places: 1427-1479
Creator Name-CRT: By Antonio Rossellino
Title: Relief
Title Type: Object name
Title: Madonna and Child with Angels
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1400
Creation End Date: 1499
Creation Date: 15th Century
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Marble, gilding on halo and dress
Dimensions: 28 3/4 x 20 1/4 in. (73 x 51.4 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 14.40.675
Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913

Antonio Rossellino was among the most gifted sculptors of his generation, and his reliefs of the Virgin and Child are justly celebrated. This example, carved from mottled brown marble about 1455-60, is particularly successful. The Virgin sits on an elaborate throne, with scrolled armrests projecting in high relief. Both she and the Christ Child in her arms seem strangely subdued, perhaps contemplating Christ's future suffering. The protective, caressing gesture of the Virgin's left hand is especially poignant.

The surface is richly contoured and decorated, and the concern for finish extends to the background, which is enlivened by the heads and feathery wings of seraphim. Typical of painters of the period is the sculptor's attention to ornamental detail: the fringe of the Virgin's mantle, the haloes, and the strands of hair of both Virgin and Child are delicately highlighted with touches of gilding.

AMICA ID: MMA_.14.40.675
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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