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The Virgin with Saints Roch and Sebastian: EC.1-1938

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Current Location: In storage


The Virgin with Saints Roch and Sebastian


Maker: Unknown (Perhaps)




Pale red earthenware, moulded in very low relief in the middle, and coated with white slip which has been removed from the background. Incised decoration coloured blue, green and dark yellow under lead glaze.
Almost square with cut lower corners and a rectangular, scrolled protrusion at the top, with lateral rings and a hole for suspension.
A half-length figure of the Virgin holding the Christ Child in her arms, with below, a pedestal inscribed 'AVE.REGINA CELORVM' (Hail Queen of the Heavens), and above, seven angels, of whom two hold a crown over her head and four blow trumpets. St Roch stands on the right hand and St Sebastian on the left. The small panel at the top contains three dancing putti.


History note: Sir Francis Cook, Bt; Wyndham F.Cook; Humphrey Wyndham Cook; Christie's, 7 July 1925, Catalogue of an important collection of objects of art of the middle ages and renaissance, the property of Humphrey W. cook, Esq.l, and removed from 8 Cadogan Square, S.W., being a portion of the celebrated collection formed by the late Sir Francis Cook, Bart, lot 59; Henry Harris; Leonard D. Cunliffe.

Legal notes

L.D. Cunliffe Bequest, 1937

Measurements and weight

Depth: 1.7 cm
Height: 33.7 cm
Width: 27.8 cm

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27.8 cm33.7 cm1.7 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Venice ⪼ The Veneto ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1938-01) by Cunliffe, Leonard Daneham


Early 16th Century
Circa 1500 CE - 1510 CE


Label text from the exhibition ‘Madonnas and Miracles: The Holy Home in Renaissance Italy’, on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum from 7 March until 4 June 2017: This colourful tile would have been hung on a wall. It shows Roch and Sebastian on either side of the Madonna and Child. People prayed to these saints to guard them from the terrible danger of plague. The owners of this work of art hoped that its presence in their home would offer them divine protection from the disease, which was normally fatal.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green and dark yellow)

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Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pale red earthenware, moulded in very low relief in the middle, and coated with white slip which has been removed from the background. Incised decoration coloured blue, green and dark yellow under lead glaze.

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.1-1938
Primary reference Number: 76862
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 25 November 2020 Last processed: Friday 18 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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