Media Information

 
 
 
Collection:
ADJUNCT MODULE B: ITALIAN ART
Preferred Title:
Madonna dei Coralli (devotional tabernacle)
Image View:
Overall view in case with glass front; the figures are draped in coral beads
Creator:
unknown (Italian artist)
Location:
repository: Museo dell'Ospedale degli Innocenti (Florence, Tuscany, Italy)
Location Note:
Piazza SS. Annunziata, 13
GPS:
43.776308 11.261214
Date:
ca. 1790-1820 (creation)
Cultural Context:
Italian
Style Period:
Nineteenth century
Work Type 1:
devotional image (religious work)
Work Type2:
figurine
Work Type 3:
tabernacle (liturgical container)
Classification:
Sculpture and Installations
Material:
wood; worked silks; cotton fabric; metallic yarn; gesso; papier mache; straw; coral; enamels
Technique:
appliqué embroidery; construction (assembling); modeling (forming); painting and painting techniques
Subjects:
New Testament; Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint
Description:
A Madonna and Child effigy, known as the "Madonna dei coralli," inside a portable tabernacle case with a glass front. The figures are decorated with fine coral strings of beads, hence the name. The figures are papier mache, covered with gesso and painted, then dressed in elaborate small-scale costumes. These votive, devotional figures are similar in function to the Santos of the Spanish-speaking Catholic church.
Collection:
Adjunct Module B: Italian Art
Identifier:
7A2-I-F-MI-MC-A1
Rights:
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.