Madonna and Child
Roman school of the 18th century. Alessandro Algardi School.
A silver relief with a bronze frame.
Magnificent relief made in silver, worked in several planes by embossing and finished with chiseled details and stamped textures that seek, through contrast, to make the space clearer and deeper. It is worked with the "schiacciato" technique, a modeling system in sculptural relief used by the Romans and perfected in the 15th century by Donatello, which consists of proportionally reducing the bulk of the relief depending on the depth to be represented. This sculptural technique allows a bas-relief to be made with a minimal variation (sometimes we speak of millimeters) from the background. To give the viewer the illusion of depth, the gradual decrease in the depth of the thickness is complemented by the rigorous application of the laws of perspective, which enhances the visual effect.
It presents us with a half-length Mary in the foreground, showing the Child resting on a classical style parapet, supported by a cloth held by the Virgin. On both sides of the head of Mary we see the heads of cherubs contemplating the scene, surrounded by cumulus clouds. The stage is completed with an architectural layout in the background, worked in perspective.
Dimensions: 17 x 13 cm; 30 x 17.5 cm (frame).