Dec 8, 2008

Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child

c. 1440

circle of Donatello

(Italian, c. 1386-1466)

Bronze with traces of gilding

Overall: 9.5 x 7.6 cm (3 3/4 x 3 in.)

The Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 1984.53



Plaquettes emerged during the Renaissance in connection with the revival of interest in ancient Greek and Roman coins and medallions. This small-scale devotional image provided a personal and private connection between the owner and the religious figures. The two small holes suggest that it may have been hung on a wall, and the child's foreshortened arms and slant of the Virgin's head could imply that it was originally placed above eye level.

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