A Marble Statuette from Renaissance Florence

Madonna and Child Marble with traces of gilding, H.15 inches Andrea Pisano, Italian (born Pisa, active Florence), 1290-1348 The Cleveland Museum of Art - Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund  1972.51 Madonna and Child Marble with traces of gilding, H.15 inches Andrea Pisano, Italian (born Pisa, active Florence), 1290-1348 The Cleveland Museum of Art - Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1972.51

The Italian Renaissance had its birth in Florence, a prosperous medieval banking and mercantile center. Well-known are the names of the artists who flourished there: Giotto, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo, the stars of today’s art history books. The galleries of the Cleveland Museum of Art are filled with works that connect us to this celebrated city at this pivotal moment in its history. One object, a small, highly-polished marble statuette of the “Madonna and Child” offers the viewer a link to two major monuments of Florence, the famed Duomo, or cathedral, and its Baptistery.

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