Taddei Tondo

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Taddei Tondo
Michelangelo, tondo taddei, 1504-05 ca. 01.JPG
Artist Michelangelo
Year c. 1504–06
Type Carrara marble
Dimensions 109 cm diameter (43 in)
Location Royal Academy, London

The Taddei Tondo (or The Virgin and Child with the Infant St John) is a circular relief sculpture by the Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti.[1] It is located in the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly, central London, England. It is the only marble sculpture by Michelangelo in the United Kingdom.

The sculpture was carved by Michelangelo in Florence, Italy, in 1504–06 and represents a seated Virgin Mary with the baby Jesus who is sprawled across her lap and looking back over his right shoulder towards the infant St John the Baptist who is standing over him and offering him a bird.

Taddei Tondo is the greatest treasure in the Royal Academy’s collection.[2] It was bought by Sir George Beaumont during a visit to Italy in 1821 and it was left to the Academy in 1830. The Tondo is on display in a purpose-built area on the Sackler Wing level of the Royal Academy.

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