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Tornabuoni Arte

S008
DOMENICO ROSSELLI
Madonna with Child
Pistoia 1439- Fossombrone 1497/98
Polychrome relief in stucco
cm. 65x48,5


This relief, that features the Madonna with Child, shown standing with a trinket in his fist, may be retraced to a group of works created for private worshipping in the workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio, the workshop where the quite similar piece in marble, that now can be found at the Bargello, is supposed to have been made (R. Kecks, Madonna und Kind: das häusliche Andachtsbild im Florenz des 15. Jahrhunderts, Berlin, 1988, LI, 83). While this work features some variations with respect to the one examined here, in particular observable in the figure of the Virgin, whose face is more inclined and whose left shoulder feautres a more projecting fluttering veil, another practically identical stucco can be found in the Palazzo Davanzati, that has previously been attributed to Desiderio da Settignano (R. Kecks, 1988, LIII, 86). According to Giancarlo Gentilini, that we would like to thank for the suggestion, both relieves should on the contrary be attributed to the authorship of sculptor Domenico Rosselli, artist characterized by a studied elegance who skillfully combines elements borrowed from Verrocchio, Antonio Rossellino and Desiderio da Settignano. He can in particular be linked to the latter two artists due to the similar predilection for two-dimensional solutions, verging on the graphic and decorative, that represent the salient trait of his sculptures, and that can be observed in the work examined here.



Tornabuoni Arte