5 October 2006 -
7 January 2007

At Home in Renaissance Italy

Christ Child

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Effigies of the Christ Child, often made of wood and richly decorated, were a common feature in trousseaus, a crucial part of the dowry. In 1486 Antonia di Bernardo Rinieri had in her wedding baskets 'a child dressed in fine linen in the image of Our Lord'. These figures would be put on a domestic altar to encourage devotion and motherly feelings, and to help in the conception of healthy baby boys.

Christ child
Workshop of Andrea della Robbia
About 1490-1510, Florence
Enamelled terracotta
V&A: 7702-1861