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Virgin and Child: M.1-2006

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Current Location: Gallery 8


Virgin and Child


Production: Scheemaekers, Peeter I




Terracotta, modelled in the round

Pale orange-pink terracotta, modelled in the round except for a vertical area at the back which permits it to be attached to a wall or stand. The reverse is hollowed out behind the clouds. The graceful Madonna is seated on a bank of clouds with two winged cherub's heads emerging on her left and one on her right. Her right foot is extended slightly and rests on a serpent with a fruit in its mouth, above the crescent moon. She looks tenderly downwards towards the Christ Child who stands on clouds beside her, and places her right arm protectively behind him. Her left hand rests on her left knee. The lightly draped Christ Child stands on his left leg with his right bent at the knee and slightly raised. He holds out his left hand towards his mother, and has his right arm raised and bent at the elbow.


History note: The Duchess of Arenburg; her husband the Comte de Rivière; by descent to the Marquis de Rivière, late 19th century. Purchased at a Fair in Belgium in late 2004 by the vendor, Daniel Katz Ltd., 13 New Bond Street, London,W1S 4SX.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Boscawen Fund and a grant from the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 70 cm
Width: 49.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Antwerp ⪼ Flanders ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (2006-01-30) by Daniel Katz Ltd


18th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1702


This terracotta was the model for a larger wooden carving in the church of St Martin's in Heers (Limburg), commissioned by the Duchess of Arenberg in 1702, and documented in the archives of the church. The presence of the serpent and crescent moon is a reference to Revelations 12.1.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production

pale orange-red Terracotta

Techniques used in production

Hand-modelling : Terracotta, hand-modelled in the round at the top, and in high relief on the lower part

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-2006
Primary reference Number: 126008
Entry form number: 637
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_1_2006
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 5 September 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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