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Artist: Donatello, After 1 of 1

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Madonna and Child, 15th century

After Donatello

Italian
Terracotta
27 x 18 in. (68.6 x 45.7 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1965.1.119.S

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High on the exterior wall of a building on the via della Fogge in Verona is a relief depicting the Madonna and Child that has come to be associated with the sculptor Donatello. There exist at least twelve models taken from the original mold or sculpture, widely known as the Verona Madonna, the best of them being at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Thyssen collection in Madrid, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The Simon Madonna and Child differs somewhat from all of the extant versions, and it is the smallest as well. Thermoluminescence analysis carried out in 2013 concluded that it was fired about one-hundred and fifty years ago. The fact that its earliest known provenance goes back to the Florentine collection of the Baron Cerbone del Nero, who died in 1816, is somewhat in line with these results that confirm a later casting.

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Artist: Donatello, After 1 of 1