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Virgin and Child with Infant Saint John the Baptist Jacopo Sansovino (circle of)

Artist:

Jacopo Sansovino (circle of) Florence 1486 – 1570 Venice

Date: second half of the 16th century
Medium: bronze with black patina
Dimensions: 47 × 23 × 24 cm, 12.5 kg
Type: sculpture
Inventory number: 54.335
Collection: Sculpture

The prototype of the small bronzes depicting the Virgin and Child is unknown, but their modelling and the specially arranged folds of their dress are similar to Jacopo Sansovino’s group of the Virgin and Child with the Infant Saint John placed in the Logetta, Venice. Thanks to the developing bronze casting technique, from the end of 15th century it became common to cast a sculpture in bronze several times. This type of Madonna has four known versions; two of them are housed in Budapest, further stucco (private collection) and terracotta (Institute of Arts, Detroit) replicas according to their smaller dimensions seem to have been made after the bronzes.

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