Master of the Marble Madonnas

The Virgin and Child

c. 1485
Master of the Marble Madonnas is the name given to a late 15th century sculptor active in Tuscany and later Urbino. His busy workshop produced many such images of the Virgin and Child, which are characterized by the sensitive carving of the heads, drapery and decorative detail, introducing a liveliness and depth to the shallow relief. Many were partly painted and gilded to clarify the composition and to attract the eye. Although later altered, this example gives an excellent sense of the original effect. The coats-of-arms indicate that it was made for a client in Urbino.
Title
The Virgin and Child
Date
c. 1485
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
polychromed and gilt marble
Dimensions
89.5 x 57.5 x 15 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1961
Accession number
9676