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Standing Virgin and Child

Standing Virgin and Child
Accession number: EC.2-1938 - Virgin and Child. Italy, Umbria, Orvieto (possibly), c.1350–1450, tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica), 32 x 18 cm. Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, ec.2-1938.

Virgin and Child

Umbria, Orvieto (possibly), c.1350–1450

tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

This statuette of the nursing Virgin is a rare survival of the kind of devotional image that would have graced many a humble home. The Virgin is stately and imposing, yet offers a reassuringly human image of motherhood; she and the Christ Child both wear everyday green-striped skirts, and have no haloes to mark them out as holy.

Cambridge, The Fitzwilliam Museum, EC.2-1938

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson, 1938

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