Virgin and child with two angels

Italian (Padua)
About 1460–70
Bartolomeo Bellano (Italian (Padua), 1437–1496/7)

Object Place: Europe, Padua, Italy


78.7 x 67.3 x 11.4 cm (31 x 26 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Terracotta with traces of polychromy

On View

Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 206)





Terracotta relief. Formerly in a gilded frame.

This powerfully modeled relief displays an intensity of emotion that recalls works by Donatello, with whom Bellano worked in Padua and Florence. The severe profile of the Virgin, which overlaps part of the Child’s face, creates a sense of foreboding, while the baby, who kicks out a leg and pulls on his mother’s veil, brings child-like animation to the encounter.


By 1896, 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