An Italian polychrome terracotta figure of the Madonna and Child
Lot 1482
An Italian polychrome terracotta figure of the Madonna and Child
Sold for US$ 17,925 inc. premium

Lot Details
An Italian polychrome terracotta figure of the Madonna and Child
school of Jacopo Sansovino (1486 -1570)
16th century

The Virgin seated supporting the Christ child in her arm, who playfully pulls away from her grasp, (polychrome decoration later).
height 16 1/2in (42cm)

Footnotes

  • The offered lot bears similarities to a full size Madonna and Child by Sansovino known as the Madonna del Parto found in the church of San Agostino in Rome.

    Jacopo Sansovino (born Jacopo Tatti) 1486-1570 was an important and influential Renaissance sculptor and architect. Sansovino began his training in the Florentine workshop of the sculptor Andrea Sansovino in 1502 subsequently adopting his mentor's name. Sansovino accompanied the architect Giuliano da Sangallo to Rome in 1505, where he attracted the notice of both Bramante and Raphael. He returned to Florence in 1511 where he received commissions for marble sculptures of St. James for the Duomo and a Bacchus, now in the Bargello. His proposals for sculpture to adorn the façade of the Church of San Lorenzo, however, were rejected by Michelangelo, who was in charge of the scheme, to whom he wrote a bitter letter of protest in 1518. During these years he shared a studio with the painter Andrea del Sarto, with whom he shared models. He subsequently returned to Rome where he stayed for nine years, leaving for Venice in 1527 the year Rome was sacked. In 1529 Sansovino became chief architect (or Protomagister) to the Procurators of San Marco, making him one of the most influential artists in Venice. His Venetian masterpieces including buildings in Piazza San Marco specifically the rustic Zecca (public mint), the Loggetta adjoining the Campanile and various statues and relief's for the Basilica of San Marco.
    His most famous work is the elaborate building housing the Library of Saint Mark's, the Biblioteca Marciana, one of Venice's most richly decorated Renaissance structures. While continuing his own sculpture output, he also supervised the production of others in his sculpture workshop and, at the same time, accepted religious and private architectural commissions. Sansovino was perhaps more successful than any other Renaissance architect in fusing architecture and sculpture.
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