Madonna and Child

ca. 1445, Artist: Donatello , Tondo



Madonna and Child

The Madonna in Donatello’s bronze relief sits modestly on the ground, thus inviting the viewer to humble devotion. The tondo, a so*-*called rilievo schiacciato (literally “squashed” or very low relief), is transformed into an exquisite house altar through the expertly carved marble frame; it probably once belonged to Cosimo de’Medici.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer Wien Raum XXXIV

Object data

Object Name

Relief; Portrait head; Bronze sculpture;




ca. 1445


Donatello , Tondo (1386 Florenz - 1466 Florenz) - GND

Attributed to

Desiderio da Settignano , Rahmen (1429/30 Florenz - 1464 Florenz) - GND


Gilded bronze, marble


87 cm × 51 cm × 12 cm

Bronzetondo: 27 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 7462

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