Madonna and Child

Italian (Tuscany)
Medieval (Gothic)
early 14th century
Follower of Giovanni Pisano (Italian (Tuscany), about 1245/50–1319)


Dimensions

47.62 x 14.6 x 15.87 cm (18 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 6 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

95.1383

Medium or Technique

Stone; marble

On View

Museum Council Gallery (Gallery 254)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Although the heads of both figures are missing, this work displays the powerful presence of fourteenth-century Italian sculpture in the skillful carving, the secure stance of the Madonna, and the graceful patterns of the drapery. The work is very similar to a Madonna and Child, now in Genoa, by Giovanni Pisano, among the foremost sculptors of this period. The small scale of the sculpture indicates that it was once either part of a larger ensemble or a private devotional image.

Provenance

Charles Callahan Perkins, Boston; By inheritance to Charles Callahan Perkins' wife, Mrs. C.C. (Francis D.) Perkins; 1895, gift of Mrs. C.C. Perkins (Accession Date: December 10, 1895)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. C. C. Perkins