Virgin Adoring the Child

Italian (Tuscany)
Renaissance
About 1451–70
Attributed to Andrea di Francesco Guardi (Italian (Tuscany), active 1451–1470)


Object Place: Tuscany, Italy

Dimensions

Overall: 38.1 x 33 x 5.1 cm (15 x 13 x 2 in.)

Accession Number

17.1468

Medium or Technique

Stone; Marble

On View

Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 206)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Marble relief.


Guardi displays a charming ambition in the carving of this small marble relief, as he stresses the layering of the three-dimensional forms of the figures. Notice how the baby tucks his hand behind the left arm of his mother, who brings her hands together in prayer but holds them behind her own face as she looks down at her son.

Provenance

Quincy Adams Shaw (b. 1825 - d. 1908), Boston; 1917, gift of Quincy Adams Shaw, through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 29, 1917)

Credit Line

Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton