This terracotta relief from the studio of the Florentine sculptor Antonio Rossellino shows the Virgin seated with the Christ Child on her lap, holding a bird in his hands.

It is named for the candelabra festooned with garlands behind the figures. The relief was in the collection assembled by the Victorian classical painter Frederic, Lord Leighton, at his Holland Park house and studio, one of the most famous 19th-century interiors in London. Leighton was profoundly influenced by Italian Renaissance art of the 15th and 16th centuries. The relief is the second important example of Renaissance art to be returned to the house, following the dispersal of Leighton's collection after his death.


Collection of Frederic, Lord Leighton at Leighton House, London; posthumous sale of Leighton's collection, Christie's, 1896; purchased at the sale by the art critic Harry Quilter (1851-1907)...Collection of Mr Maricrini; by descent in a private

Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road, London, Greater London, W14 8LZ
020 7602 3316

Opening times

Saturdays and Sundays only 10am to 5:30pm Garden is closed. Please note that Leighton House Museum is currently closed during the week for restoration however a programme of public events for adults and families is still available. Please check their website on for details and opening times

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