Bargello Museum acquires Donatello

November 10 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Bargello Museum in Florence have acquired Donatello's famous terracotta known as the Madonna of Via Pietrapiana. According to press reports the work was purchased by the Minstry of Culture for a mere €1,200,000,* after the owners of the work had sought authorisation to sell the terracotta on national territory. Dated to around 1450-55, the sculpture will be displayed alongside the museum's existing collection of the master's works.

* - This is a very low price for such a rare and significant work of art. Although its value would have always been limited due to the potential export conditions encountered in Italy, it is curious to know how this particular figure was reached.

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