Grand Tour Renaissance Marble Relief of Saint Cecilia
A very fine Grand Tour marble relief modeled after the celebrated monument of Renaissance art, Desiderio da Settignano’s wonderfully subtle relief in pietra serena of St. Cecilia, at the Toledo Museum of Art. This peaceful depiction of a bust of the saint in profile was done by a master carver.
Desiderio da Settignano, (1430-1464), Florentine sculptor whose works, particularly his marble low reliefs, were unrivalled in the 15th century for subtlety and technical accomplishment. Desiderio’s delicate, sensitive, highly original style is perhaps most exquisitely manifest in his sensuous portrait busts of women and children. These lyrical pieces convey a wide range of moods and emotions, from joy and charm to melancholy and pensiveness. His sense of design and his highly refined skill as a marble cutter established him as a master of low reliefs.