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This tall, erect Madonna demonstrates that the French type of trumeau Madonna found a place in Italian art as well. The block-like form and Mary’s broad face also recall the Lorraine Madonnas. It is to Italy’s own heritage from classical antiquity, however, that the figures owe their dignified repose. The softness of the modelling may have been influenced by Andrea’s work in clay or wax on the models for the bronze door on the south side of the Florence baptistery, done at the same time. In the delicacy and precision of the detail working we may also see the lingering effect of his training as a goldsmith. The infant’s head is a replacement.

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