Virgin and Child
The Virgin's face and the heavy folds of her drapery show the influence of ancient Roman sculpture. The statue is modelled in unglazed clay, known as terracotta. Larger terracotta scultpures were popular in Bologna, from where this example comes. Although the name of the sculptor is unknown, stylistic similarities suggest he may have worked with Alfonso Lombardi (about 1497-1537), to whom this piece was once attributed.