The Virgin & Child with the Infant St. John (Taddei Tondo) // Michelangelo Buonarroti // c. 1504-1505 // marble
On view at the Royal Academy is the only marble sculpture in the UK by Michelangelo. “The Virgin & Child with the Infant St. John” also known as the Taddei Tondo, is an unfinished work. St. John the Baptist is shown on the left holding out a baptismal bowl towards Christ, who sits on the Virgin’s lap. The soft curves of the figures mimic the arc of the circle and provide for a intimate viewing experience.