Henry Moore OM, CH Maquette for Madonna and Child 1943, cast 1944–5

Artwork details

Artist
Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Title
Maquette for Madonna and Child
Date 1943, cast 1944–5
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 184 x 89 x 76 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1945
Reference
N05603
Not on display

Display caption

The mother and child had been a major theme in Moore's work since the 1920s. Yet when the vicar of the Church of
St Matthew, Northampton, invited Moore to make a sculpture of the Madonna and Child for the church, 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 religious art of the Renaissance. This suggests Moore was trying to produce a sculpture that people would find both modern and familiar.

August 2004

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