Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child
Cast from a model by Luca della Robbia (Italian, 1400-1482)
mid 15th century
Polychromed stucco bas-relief 
26 x 18-1/4 in. (66.0 x 46.4 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View

This sculpture was traditionally ascribed to Luca della Robbia while in the Duveen collection, and before that in the Arnold Seligmann and Jacques Leon Stern collections. By the mid-1960s, as Mr. Simon was seeking opinions about the stucco from scholars of Italian sculpture, the overwhelming response was that the piece was good, and that the pigment was for the most part original and fifteenth-century, but that it was not by Luca della Robbia or his workshop. John Pope-Hennessy, the pre-eminent Renaissance scholar and Donatello specialist, was the first to suggest that the object was by Buggiano (Andrea di Lazzaro Cavalcanti, Italian sculptor and architect, 1412–62). Indeed there are at least two other similar versions of this work in the Bardini Museum in Florence and the Detroit Institute of Arts that are attributed to this Florentine student of Filippo Brunelleschi.


[Arnold Seligmann (1870-1932), Rey & Co., Inc. New York];
Jacques Leon Stern, sold (New York, Christies, 4 November 1950 lot 232 to);
[Duveen Brothers, New York (stock no. 30130), sold 1965 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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