Virgin and child with angels bearing instruments of the Passion

Virgin and child with angels bearing instruments of the Passion

Acquired in exchange from the former Königlichen Museen (Gipsformerei, Berlin) in 1886 for £2 10s (50 marks)

Original:

Virgin and Child with angels bearing instruments of the Passion
Mino da Fiesole (1429-84)
Second half of the 15th century
Marble
Museo Nazionale (Bargello), Florence, Italy

This relief has been identified with a tondo described by Vasari (1550) above the main entrance to the church of the Badia in Florence. It is last recorded in this position by Uccelli in 1858. The composition is closely related to that of the Virgin and Child by Antonio Rossellino (1427-79) on the funerary monument to Francesco Nori (d. 1478) in the church of S. Croce in Florence.