Recumbent woman

Recumbent woman

Purchased from Carlo Campi in 1894 for £16 19s 8d

Original:

Recumbent effigy of a woman
Unidentified Lombard sculptor
Late 14th century
Marble
Castello Sforzesco, Milan, Italy

This slab once formed the lid of a tomb and comes from the Convent of the Clares in Pavia. It entered the Brera Museum in 1834, and thence passed to the Castello Sforzesco. Because the deceased woman is dressed as a Clare and because the effigy can be dated stylistically to the late 14th century, an identification with the mother of Gian Galleazzo Visconti, Bianca of Savoy (d. 1387) who founded the convent of the Clares in Pavia has been suggested.