Madonna della Seggiola - Item #530
Each piece is custom finished. Depending on a sculpture’s texture and level of detail, the look of a patina can vary. A slight variation in color from order-to-order is to be expected.
Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
11.25 Inches High x 11.25 Inches Wide x 2.25 Inches Deep
The relief is after the Renaissance painting of the Madonna and Child created by Raphael around 1514. He painted it during his Roman period. The artwork is also known as Madonna della Sedia, "seggiola" and "sedia" being Italian for chair. Its title comes from the fact that the Madonna is sitting on a chair, visible only from the post in the foreground. Mary holds the baby Jesus while a young St. John admires them in the background. The heavenly figures fill the tondo (a circular artwork), and this close proximity gives viewers the sense that they are sharing the same space with them. It's also possible that the magnification towards the center of the work was meant to resemble that of a convex mirror, which was associated with the Immaculate Conception.
Raphael's piece has been copied over the centuries into such art as paintings and engravings, and this relief by an unknown artist. Queen Victoria of England gave her husband Prince Albert, a fan of Raphael, one such copy - a watercolor by Robert Thorburn. Raphael's original was acquired by the Medici family, but has been in the Pitti Palace in Florence since the 18th century. For a time in the early 1800s, the artwork was housed in Paris after being seized by Napoleon's troops.
Artist: Unknown, after Raphael
Time Period: Unknown
"Food for the Soul: Madonna della Seggiola by Raphael Sanzio." Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Jan. 2013, http://www.srcharitycinti.org/news_events/seggiola.htm.
"Johann Michael Wittmer (1802-80) - Raphael's First Sketch of the Madonna della Sedia." Royal Collection Trust, https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/403635/raphaels-first-sketch-of-the-madonna-della-sedia.
"Madonna della sedia (after Raphael)." National Trust Collections, http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk/object/732245.
"Madonna of the Chair (Madonna della Seggiola) E564." Thorvaldsens Museum, https://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/E564.