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The Annunciation

  • Object:

    Panel

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    1510-1520 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Buglioni, Benedetto (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled terracotta in low relief

  • Museum number:

    4065-1856

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    This relief is made in the workshop of Benedetto Buglioni in Florence ca. 1510-1520.

    The composition is loosely based on an altarpiece of the same subject by the Florentine sculptor Benedetto da Maiano (1442-1497) in the church of S. Anna dei Lombardi (Monteoliveto), Naples, which was completed in 1489. Many of the works by Benedetto Buglioni depend from other painted or sculpted compositions, and it is likely that this was made in his workshop or bottega, which specialised in tin-glazed terracottas. Works by Buglioni are documented in the inventory of Benedetto da Maiano's studio made after the latter's death, indicating that Buglioni was ermployed by the da Maiano workshop.

    Benedetto Buglioni is said to have learned the art of enamelled terracotta from a woman employed in Andrea della Robbia's house. He appears to have worked in Florence at the same time as Andrea, but the products of his workshop are considered both technically and artistically inferior.

  • Physical description

    Relief in polychrome enamelled terracota. The scene takes place in a hall with arches to right and left and a receding barrel-vaulted passage on the back. To the right, on a step, is the Virgin seated before a lectern. To the left the Angel, with hands crossed on his breast,is shown alighting on the left foot. In the centre is a vase of lilies.

  • Dimensions

    Height: 64.77 cm, Width: 55.88 cm

  • Object history note

    The composition is loosely based on an altarpiece of the same subject by the Florentine sculptor Benedetto da Maiano (1442-1497) in the church of S. Anna dei Lombardi (Monteoliveto), Naples, which was completed in 1489. Many of the works by Benedetto Buglioni depend from other painted or sculpted compositions, and it is likely that this was made in his workshop or bottega, which specialised in tin-glazed terracottas. Works by Buglioni are documented in the inventory of Benedetto da Maiano's studio made after the latter's death, indicating that Buglioni was ermployed by the da Maiano workshop.

  • Descriptive line

    Panel in enamelled terracotta from the workshop of Benedetto Buglioni, Florence, about 1510-1520.

  • Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

    Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1856. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 12.
    Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 82.
    Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume I: Text. Eighth to Fifteenth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, p. 247-48.

  • Collection code

    Sculpture Collection