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Title

Madonna and Child

circa 1480

Artist

Francesco di Simone Ferrucci

Italy

1437 - 24 Mar 1493

  • Details

    Date
    circa 1480
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    marble
    Dimensions
    71.5 x 55.0 x 13.5 cm sight; 90.0 x 72.0 x 18.0 cm frame (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1971
    Location
    15th–19th c European art
    Accession number
    125.1971
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Francesco di Simone Ferrucci

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    The sentimentality and modesty of this relief reflect changing patterns of devotion in Italy at the time of the first flowering of the Renaissance. The ethereal, queenly Madonnas of medieval art have been superseded by a more human, and altogether more accessible conception of the Virgin. Here is a Madonna to be approached, perhaps kissed, and a Holy Child to be adored. Ferrucci trained in the famous Florentine workshop of Verrocchio, perhaps side by side with the young Leonardo da Vinci. Certainly this marble manifests the essential sweetness that Leonardo elaborated on the basis of Verrocchio's manner. Though an artist of the second rank, Ferrucci surpasses himself in this work. The modulations of drapery, the naturalistic rendering of the figures - especially the rotundity of the infant Christ - and the attention given to Mary's look of dreamy reverie: all these contribute to a work of art that is at once sacred and secular.

    AGNSW Handbook, 1999.

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