Virgin and Child

Figure of the Virgin and Child

Italian (Faenza)
dated 1551


Height: 63.5 cm (25 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

Not On View





In blue cloak, her ochre dress with stiff leaves in black.

While maiolica vessels and plates were made throughout Italy, this standing Virgin and Child is part of a small group of high quality large scale maiolica sculptures which were likely made in the eastern Italian communes of the Marches and Emilia-Romagna. The Virgin’s embrace of the Christ child is firm but tender, stilling the child’s youthful energy and instilling the pair with a sense of both solidity and intimacy. The existence of a nearly identical sculpture in the local museum in Pesaro suggests that this figure may have been a popular image of local devotion that was reproduced in multiple versions.


Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger, New York

Credit Line

Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection. Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger