Lot 4
  • 4

Italian, Umbria, mid-13th century

15,000 - 25,000 GBP
21,250 GBP
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  • Virgin and Child, or Maestà

  • polychromed wood, on a later bronze base
  • figure: 84cm., 33in.
    base: 2cm., ¾in.


Avv. Albrigli, Italy, circa 1968;
with Galleria d'Orlane, Casalmaggiore, Cremona, circa 2007;
private collection, Milan, Italy

Catalogue Note

In the 13th century Umbria was one of the main centres for the production of wood sculpture in Italy. Maestà's from the region can still be found in churches and museums throughout the country. Well-known examples include the Madonna and Child in the abbey of Sant'Antimo in Montalcino, Tuscany. Sculpture from the region is usually characterised by fluid, rounded shapes and lines, which are most summary in the earliest examples. Another typical feature is the representation of the Christ Child with his arms open in blessing.

A. Frosini, Scultura lignea dipinta nella Toscana medievale. Problemi e metodi di restauro, San Casciano, 2005, p. 70 and 116; C. Fratini (ed.), All'ombra di sant'Ercolano. Sculture lignee tra Medioevo e Rinascimento nella Diocesi di Perugia, exhib. cat. Museo del Capitolo di San Lorenzo, Perugia, 2009, pp. 89-91, no. 2