(b. 1811, Roma, d. 1877, Firenze)

Virgin and Child

c. 1858
Black sandstone (pietra serena)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

In the 19th century this low relief was ascribed to either Donatello or Desiderio da Settignano, however, it is possibly the work of Fantacchiotti who was the most sophisticated exponent of the revived Renaissance sculptural style. It is one of the most beautiful forgeries of a Renaissance Madonna ever made.