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Maiolica panel with the Virgin and Child

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An image of Panel. Virgin and Child. Unknown maker, Umbria, Deruta. Benedetto da Maiano, sculptor, after, (Italian, 1442-1497). Maiolica panel, painted in polychrome with a half-length figure of the Virgin with the infant Christ. Rectangular, with two suspension holes inside the raised frame at top centre. Within a frame of egg and dart ornament is a half-length figure of the Virgin with the infant Christ sitting on a cushion on her lap. He plays with her veil and she restrains Him with her right hand. On each side of the Virgin's head is a cloud with a cherub flying out of it, holding a crown in the hand nearest to her and a palm in the other. The dark blue background is scattered with stars. Buff earthenware, moulded in relief and tin-glazed on the front and sides; the reverse unglazed. The glaze has crawled to the left of bottom centre. Painted in watery dark blue, pale blue, yellow, orange, and dark manganese-brown. Height, whole, 46.5 cm, width, whole, 37.0 cm, depth, whole, 3.0 cm, circa 1600-1700. Renaissance.

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Panel. Virgin and Child. Unknown maker, Umbria, Deruta. Benedetto da Maiano, sculptor, after, (Italian, 1442-1497). Maiolica panel, painted in polychrome with a half-length figure of the Virgin with the infant Christ. Rectangular, with two suspension holes inside the raised frame at top centre. Within a frame of egg and dart ornament is a half-length figure of the Virgin with the infant Christ sitting on a cushion on her lap. He plays with her veil and she restrains Him with her right hand. On each side of the Virgin's head is a cloud with a cherub flying out of it, holding a crown in the hand nearest to her and a palm in the other. The dark blue background is scattered with stars. Buff earthenware, moulded in relief and tin-glazed on the front and sides; the reverse unglazed. The glaze has crawled to the left of bottom centre. Painted in watery dark blue, pale blue, yellow, orange, and dark manganese-brown. Height, whole, 46.5 cm, width, whole, 37.0 cm, depth, whole, 3.0 cm, circa 1600-1700. Renaissance.

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  • Accession Number: C.2200-1928
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/20.0
  • Focal length: 80
  • Camera: Hasselblad H4D-31
  • Photographer name: Katie Young
  • Image height: 957 pixels
  • Image width: 746 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 503.38kB
  • Exposure time: 1/60
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 20/1
  • Captured: 2016:01:27 11:57:06

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