Virgin and child with a female martyr, St James the Great, St Francis and St Catherine of Siena

Virgin and child with a female martyr, St James the Great, St Francis and St Catherine of Siena

Acquired in exchange from the former Königlichen Museen (Gipsformerei, Berlin) in 1889 for 15 marks

Original:

Virgin and child with a female martyr St James the Great, St Francis and St Catherine of Siena
Jacopo Sansovino (about 1486-1570)
1527-35
Terracotta with traces of paint and gilding
Bode Museum, Berlin, Germany

The relief was formerly in a Venetian church, and was purchased in Venice by the Berlin Museum in 1841. It must have been executed after the arrival of Sansovino in Venice from Rome in 1527 and before the execution of the altarpiece of St Roch by his pupil, Tiziano Minio (about 1517-52) in the Museo Civico at Padua, which was commissioned on 25 March, 1535, as the figure of St Barbara in this altarpiece is based on the Virgin in Sansovino's relief shown here.