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Artist: Michele da Firenze, Italian, Florence, ca. 1385–1457

Virgin and Child

ca. 1435–45

Terracotta

137.2 x 65.4 cm (54 x 25 3/4 in.)
Maitland F. Griggs, B.A. 1896, Fund
1964.43
As a young man, Michele di Niccolò worked as an assistant to the great sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti on the first set of gilt-bronze doors for the baptistery of Florence. In 1433 he moved to Verona where he executed his famous work, the terracotta reliefs of the Pellegrini chapel in the church of Sant’Anastasia. In addition to that and other monumental works, Michele executed a large number of small terracotta reliefs depicting the Virgin and Child for private patrons.
Culture: 
Italian, Florence
Period: 
15th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Status: 
On view*
Provenance: 

The Arcade Gallery, Ltd., Old Bond St. London (until July 1964) as "Master of the Pelligrini Alter"; purchased by Yale University Art Gallery (July 1964)

Bibliography: 

Carol Snow et al., “Technical Notes on Michele da Firenze’s Virgin and Child: Examination, Analysis, and Treatment,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2016): 34, 37–39, fig. 1, 3–6.

Aldo Galli, “The Yale University Art Gallery’s Virgin and Child and Michele da Firenze’s Career,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2016): 22, 24, fig. 1–2.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.