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Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child by Unknown artist

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The Madonna and Child was a favourite theme of Gothic sculptors, with wood the preferred material in the fifteenth century. The bold S-shaped curve of her figure reflects contemporary developments in style, as does the swag-like rhythmic folds of her drapery. The warm expression on the Virgin's face and the child's mischievous smile indicate a leaning towards the popular realism and humanist focus of the Renaissance.

Madonna and Child
Production date
circa 1460
wood and gesso
Size (h x w)
825 x 280 x 270 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the Watson Bequest, 1965
Accession no
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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