Given by Messrs Franchi and Sons in 1866
Virgin and Child with a border of cherubim
Benedetto da Maiano (1441-97)
Church of S. Maria Novella, Florence, Italy
The roundel forms part of the funerary monument of the wealthy Florentine banker, Filippo Strozzi, for whom Benedetto da Maiano executed several other works, including a portrait bust, now in the Musée du Louvre. The tomb was unfinished at Strozzi's death in 1491 and payments to Benedetta for work on the tomb are recorded from 1491-5. Two other versions of this composition were published by Poggi (Bolletino d'Arte, 1908): a marble Madonna at Scarperia, attributed to Benedetto, and a Madonna of glazed terracotta from the school of the della Robbia in the Museo Nazionale (Bargello), in Florence.