Madonna Del Sasso

Title: Madonna del Sasso (Madonna of the Rock)

Date: Commissioned by Raphael and made by Lorenzetto Lotti in 1524

Location of the work: Pantheon, Rome, Italy. Above the Tomb of Raphael.

Medium: Sculpture in bronze

Approximate dimensions of work: 2.77 meters tall (Approximately 9 ft.)

This sculpture was commissioned by Raphael to stand above his sarcophagus in the Pantheon. A student of Raphael’s, Lorenzo Lotti, who is also known as Lorenzetto, completed this sculpture. Lorenzetto was an Italian Renaissance sculpture and architect. He created this sculpture as a close replica of Venus Felix in the Vatican Museum, and modeled the clothes after a version of the Aphrodite of Melos. The head of the Madonna is said to bear the features of the ideal ancient female portrait, and the Christ child is individualized as little as possible (16th Century Italian Art).  “Lorenzetto’s artistic pioneering results in a quite personal accomplishment, that of keeping the ancient sculpture of a goddess visible in the image of the Mother of God”


16th century Italian Art By Michael Wayne Cole,_Rome

Aphrodite of Melos

Venus Felix