Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object

Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist in front of a townscape

Date:
ca. 1520–30
Culture:
Italian, Milan
Medium:
Sardonyx and gold
Dimensions:
1 3/16 x 1 in. (3 x 2.6 cm); Visible cameo: 29 × 25 mm
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Gems
Credit Line:
The Milton Weil Collection, 1938
Accession Number:
38.150.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 536
The group echoes the new harmonies that Raphael and his school brought to painting. Suggestive comparisons exist in Raphael-esque Madonnas engraved by Giulio Bonasone and Gian Giacomo Caraglio (who doubled as an engraver of hardstones), but the graceful composition is apparently unique to this piece. The cityscape in the background is executed in intaglio. The irregular chestnut-hued translucent band around the edge of the stone is void, probably because it was meant to be embedded in a gold setting.
Marking: None
Milton Weil (until 1938; to MMA)
Related Objects

Emperor Charles V (1500–58) and his Son Philip II of Spain (1527–98)

Artist: Leone Leoni (Italian, Menaggio ca. 1509–1590 Milan) Date: 1550 Medium: Sardonyx Accession: 38.150.9 On view in:Gallery 536

Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Artist: Cristoforo Solari (Italian, ca. 1460–1524) Date: probably 1514–24 Medium: Marble Accession: 2012.328 On view in:Gallery 504

Sleeping shepherdess in a moonlit landscape

Artist: Alessandro Masnago (Italian, active ca. 1560, died 1620) Date: probably late 16th century Medium: Agate Accession: 38.150.33 On view in:Gallery 536

Bust of a Roman Emperor

Date: mid-16th century Medium: Sardonyx and gold Accession: 38.150.12 On view in:Gallery 536

Adoring angel

Date: last quarter 15th century Medium: Partly enameled gold Accession: 17.190.876 On view in:Gallery 500