(b. 1475, Caprese, d. 1564, Roma)
Madonna and Child (1501-05)
Marble, height 128 cm (including base)
O.L. Vrouwekerk, Bruges
In this group Michelangelo, deliberately harking back to the hieratic forms of Byzantine and medieval iconography, represents the Child standing between his mother’s knees and enveloped in her robe. This work, just under life-size and highly finished with the same care and refinement as the Pietà, was sold to a Flemish merchant and shipped to Flanders soon after it was finished.