The Virgin and Child
This Virgin and Child was made in late 15th-century Italy. It is made of tin-glazed earthenware, a type of pottery known in renaissance Italy as maiolica. Maiolica is identifiable by its opaque white glaze which incorporates tin oxide. This creates a bright white background that contrasts with the bright enamel colours painted onto it. Because fired glazes do not fade over time, maiolica pottery remains as brilliantly coloured today as when first created during the Renaissance. While devotional sculptures such as this one were popular, the majority of maiolica ceramics made were tablewares such as plates, bowls, and jugs.
The Virgin and Child, c. 1490 - 1500
67.3 x 25.4 x 19.8 cm