Madonna and Child

Workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604

This graceful picture is based on a design by Verrocchio, the great sculptor, painter, and draftsman who ran the most prestigious workshop of the last third of the fifteenth century in Florence (Botticelli and the young Leonardo da Vinci were among those associated with the shop). The painting would have originally hung in a home, where images of the Madonna and infant Christ were favored for private devotion, in part because they provided ideal models for women and children. Although the left side of the Madonna’s face is badly damaged, passages such as the child’s head convey the striking original quality of the painting.

Madonna and Child, Workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio (Italian, Florence 1435–1488 Venice), Tempera and gold on wood

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