The good people at the Detroit Institute of Art posted this photo on their Facebook page Monday, the 4th. I’m drawing one of the most beautiful pieces in the museum’s collection, “Madonna and Child” by Alceo Dossena.
Here’s the link:
(They surprised me – it must have been a slow news day.)
There’s a fascinating story behind the sculpture. Although it looks like a Renaissance masterpiece complete with chips and stains, it was actually done in 1929. The sculptor, Alceo Dossena of Italy, specialized in this type of work. Unbeknownst to Dossena, his dealer sold some of his pieces as authentic Renaissance antiquities. Dossena sued. The resulting publicity brought Dossena to the attention of a patron in Detroit. He was then commissioned to create this image of sublime tenderness between Mother and Child specifically for the DIA.