Virgin and child with two angels
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.)
Medium or Technique
Terracotta with traces of polychromy
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)
Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton