• Virgin and Child with Four Cherub Heads
  • c. 1490
  • Gregorio di Lorenzo (attributed to)
  • Italian (Florentine School)
  • c. 1436-1495
  • Marble
  • CMA 1962.27

During the Renaissance, images of the Virgin and Christ Child were common in both painting and sculpture - nearly all families who could afford it would have had images in their houses for devotional purposes. As with painting, one of the major artistic innovations in sculpture during the Renaissance was the development of illusionistic space and depth. In this sculpture the effect of recession is achieved through the foreshortened halos and the varying depth of the carving, from the three-dimensional quality of the faces and legs of Christ executed in high-relief through the flattened middle-relief of the figuresí garments and finally to the shallow cherubs in the background.

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