Henry Moore OM, CH

Maquette for Madonna and Child

1943, cast 1944–5

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 156 x 86 x 70 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1945
Reference
N05602

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The mother and child had been a major theme in Moore’s work since the 1920s. Yet when the vicar of St Matthew, Northampton, invited Moore to make a sculpture of the Madonna and Child, he was reluctant to accept. He felt unsure how to adapt his secular interests to the Christian tradition. These bronzes are casts of the original terracotta models he made for the project. They are unusually naturalistic and steeped in references to Renaissance religious art. This suggests Moore was trying to produce a sculpture that people would find both modern and familiar.

Gallery label, September 2016

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