A superb large antique Italian marble sculpture of Madonna and child seated on an oak throne, signed and dated G.Gamilo ’97, for 1897, to the base.
This delicately carved Carrara marble sculpture features the Nikopoia or Madonna dressed in long flowing tunic with an ample cape and long sleeves, she holds the child Christ with both hands while seated on an oak throne.
The craftsmanship is second to none throughout all aspects of this beautiful sculpture.
In excellent condition with only minor marks to the throne, consistant with age and use, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 49 x Width 21 x Depth 26
Dimensions in inches:
Height 19.3 x Width 8.3 x Depth 10.2
Carrara marble – is a type of white or blue-grey marble popular for use in sculpture and building decor. It is quarried at the city of Carrara in the province of Massa-Carrara (Tuscany, Italy).
Carrara marble has been used since the time of Ancient Rome; the Pantheon and Trajan’s Column in Rome are constructed of it. Many sculptures of the Renaissance, such as Michelangelo’s David, were carved from Carrara marble. For Michelangelo at least, Carrara marble was valued above all other stone, except perhaps that of his own quarry in Pietrasanta. The Marble Arch in London and the Duomo di Siena are also made from this stone, as are the interiors of Manila Cathedral, the cold-white marbles of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the campus of Harvard Medical School.
Our reference: 08948