Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child

early 1530s

Jacopo Sansovino

(Italian, 1486-1570)


Overall: 47.6 x 17.2 x 11.5 cm (18 3/4 x 6 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1951.316



Mary’s classicizing head and the relatively rough finish are characteristic of northern Italian Renaissance sculpture. Artists rarely signed bronzes in this period, so Sansovino’s name on the base indicates this work’s importance, although the patron has yet to be identified. This sculpture was meant to be seen only from the front, typical of Renaissance sculpture in the early 1500s.

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