Virgin and child

Virgin and child

Acquired in exchange from the former Königlichen Museen (Gipsformerei, Berlin) in 1888 for £2 10s (50 marks)

Original:

Virgin and child
Workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio (1435-88)
About 1480
Marble
Museo Nazionale (Bargello), Florence, Italy

The composition of the relief is adapted in reverse with some variations from that of Verrocchio's only autograph Madonna relief, the painted terracotta, also now in the Bargello, from the Hospital of S. Maria Nuova, which probably dates from the early 1470s. At one time thought to be itself an autograph work of Verrocchio, the marble is now generally thought to be a product of his workshop. It has been suggested that it was carved by Francesco di Simone Ferrucci (1437-93), who from the late 1470s came heavily under the influence of Verrocchio.