Madonna and Child, between 1350 and 1360

  • Nino Pisano, Italian, 1315-1368

White marble, pigment, gold leaf

  • Overall (with pedestal): 46 1/2 × 29 × 25 inches (118.1 × 73.7 × 63.5 cm) Overall (without pedestal): 30 × 11 × 6 1/4 inches (76.2 × 27.9 × 15.9 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edsel B. Ford


On View

  • European: Medieval and Renaissance W251


European Sculpture and Dec Arts

  • White (color)
  • Religion
  • Polychromy
  • Gilding
  • Marble
  • Alabama cream marble
  • Sculpture
  • Child
  • Statue
  • Virgin
  • Infant
  • Tuscany

The son of the great fourteenth-century sculptor Andrea Pisano (ca. 1290–1348), Nino became an accomplished artist in his own right. Nino was receptive to new influences, particularly from France, as seen in the lyrical drapery patterns and sweet expressions of this Virgin and Child. The Virgin is depicted here as an elegant and courtly lady, a more human interpretation of the Madonna consistent with developments in spirituality in the fourteenth century. This finely conceived and finished marble statuette is one of Nino’s masterworks.

Mme. Rambourg

Mme. Guyot (Paris, France)

(Georges-Joseph Demotte) (Paris, France and New York, New York, USA). by 1927, Eleanor Clay Ford [1896–1976] (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

1927-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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Nino Pisano, Madonna and Child, between 1350 and 1360, white marble, pigment, gold leaf. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edsel B. Ford, 27.150.