(Italian, Settignano 1427/28–1479 Florence)
Madonna and Child with Cherubim, ca. 1460-75
Unframed: 31 1/2 x 22 1/8 inches (800 x 562 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1913
Rossellino executed this work in "flattened relief," a technique he adopted as his specialty. The composition suggests that he looked at paintings as well as three-dimensional sculpture in creating a play of light and shade in the subtly carved surface of the relief.