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Title Madonna and Child
Collection Mount Edgcumbe House
Artist Unknown
Previously attributed to Allori, Alessandro (Italian painter, 1535-1607)
Previously attributed to Mengs, Anton Raphael (German painter and critic, 1728-1779)
Date Earliest possibly about 1770
Date Latest possibly about 1800
Description The composition of this painting is unusual in its compactness. The artist has succeeded in containing the bust of the Virgin and much of the Christ Child within the borders of the oval frame, leaving little extraneous space. This is partly achieved by omitting aspects of religious iconography such as halos and Mary's blue cloak. Instead, the emphasis is on the loving tenderness between mother and child, enhanced all the more by the figures' touching fingertips. The intimacy of the subject suggests the painting was a private devotional work. Such imagery was popular amid the context of high infant mortality,
Current Accession Number Plymm.03
Subject religion (Virgin and Child)
Measurements 43.5 x 32.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given in lieu of tax from the estate of Edward Piers, 7th Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, 1985.
Notes

Recorded in the inventory of paintings at Mount Edgcumbe House (possibly compiled before 1941): (Gallery) 'The Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus (Heads) / Size 1'4 1/2 x 1'0 1/2. Painted by A. Allori.'

Recorded in 1961 inventory of paintings at Mount Edgcumbe: (Cremyll Room, N.E. Tower) Virgin and Child (Head?) A. Allori (1536-1607)(on panel)'.

The back of the painting is covered with eighteenth-century rag paper.

Rights Owner Copyright Mount Edgcumbe Collection
Author Dr Anne L. Cowe

 

 

 

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