The sculpture is a piece of the altar decoration of the Sagerestia Nuova in the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence. Michelangelo left this marble sculpture of a Madonna and her child unfinished in his Florentine studio when he departed for Rome in 1534.Here the Virgin Mary is seated, holding the Christ Child with her left hand, sheltering Him in the hollow between her crossed legs and bosom. Through Michelangelo’s personal writings, letters, and poetry that include recollections of his wet nurse it is known that Michelangelo was very emotionally engaged to the motherhood of Mary, relating the Virgin Mother to his own wet nurse
Dimensions: Height: 32 in. | Width: 13 in. | Depth: 15 in.