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.
Artist Nino Pisano, Italian, 1315-1368
  • Madonna and Child
Date between 1350 and 1360
Medium white marble, pigment, gold leaf
Dimensions 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)
Credit Line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edsel B. Ford
Accession Number 27.150
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View European: Medieval and Renaissance W251, Level 2 (see map)
Mme. Rambourg;
Mme. Guyot (Paris, France);
G.J. Demotte (Paris, France and New York, New York, USA).
by 1927, Eleanor Clay Ford (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
1927-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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